- Audio CD (July 1 2016)
- Original Release Date: 1992
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD-ROM
- Label: Universal Music
- ASIN: B000002MG1
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | DVD Audio | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 325 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Automatic For The People CD-ROM
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Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (2/95)
Not quite as flawless as a masterpiece should be--what's the slight "New Orleans Instrumental No. 1" doing among such remarkably grounded material?--Automatic For The People still deserves its reputation as one of REM's best. Another link in the band's chain of 90's classics, it hits each mood--the glum teen-spirit report of "Drive", the sensual wash of "Star Me Kitten" and the gorgeously transcendent "Find The River,"--perfectly. Fittingly, Michael Stipe's lyrics are among his most coherent and empathetic. This will be recalled, and listened to, as a great work long after REM have packed it in. --Rickey Wright
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Great from start to finish.Pure Pop Masterpiece.
Far superior to other releases at that time. This album saved me from having to listen to rest of the "junk" that was released in the 90's.
(Perfect late night album for bonfires and cottages!)
Elliot Scheiner has done it again. His surround mixes tend to be ambitious and creative. Rather than using them for mere reverb and ambience, he treats the rear channels as equals to the fronts, often placing some instruments and background vocals in the rear only. This results in a half "middle of the band" half "etherial, otherworldly" kind of sound. Many audio enthusiasts and members of the audio press like to diss this approach, and I used to until I heard it for myself for the first time on The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over DVD. The mix on Automatic for the People is a bit more understated than Hell Freezes over, and it's very artfully done. I see nothing sacred about the concert hall, especially for this type of music. Especially on track 4, "Everybody Hurts". I remembered this as being a depressing song, until I heard it again and listened to the words. As I am currently going through a divorce, I can relate to this song very well, and I felt as if Micheal Stipe and company had come to my house, set up their instruments and played this heartfelt balled just for me, beckoning me to carry on.
I don't currently have a DVD-audio player, but the DVD-video compatible Dolby and DTS 5.1 tracks sound first rate, particularly the DTS tracks which I recommend if your equipment can do it.
If you've ever had even a casual interest in R.E.M. or late 80's/early 90's alternative rock, this disc should be part of your collection.
"Drive" - The opening song of regret, striking right from the get-go. Acoustic and yet adding an electric edge. Sound-wise perhaps the most addictive song on the album. Stipe's amusing wordplay is apparent right from the start: "Smack, crack, bushwhacked. Tie another one to the racks, baby..."
"Try Not to Breathe" - Very country, and oozing with well mastered melody. Perhaps not one of the more striking songs, but never the less it holds its own.
"The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite" - An artsy spin on "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" song, which is both cute and astonishing, featuring one of Stipe's very best vocal performances and some of his most trippy lyrics.
"Everybody Hurts" - Everyone has heard this song a 1,000 times. It is a beautiful classic to be sure.
"New Orleans Instrumental No. 1" - A filler, and I never listen to it. But it does fit in with the style and mood of the album.
"Sweetness Follows" - Very moody and sentimental song about drifting apart which grabs me every time I hear it. Very bassy and bound to ignite darker feelings.
"Monty Got A Raw Deal" - This one refers to the actor Montgomery Clift, accused of Communism by McCarthy. One of the stranger songs on the album, both for its sound and lyrics. You just have to listen to it.
"Ignoreland" - The song which stands out from the rest as it doesn't seem entirely finished somehow. Perhaps rushed, or something. But a highly energetic spew on 80's politics.
"Star Me Kitten" - There was a version of this song released on the "X-Files" TV series soundtrack which is far its superior, voiced instead by writer and vocal performer William S. Burroughs. However, this take is nicely done in its own subtle way. The lyrics linger somewhere between cute and dirty.
"Man on the Moon" - One of their best-loved songs, and one which Peter Buck has boasted as being the 'quintessential R.E.M. song'. About controversial comedian Andy Kaufman, and used in the 1999 film by the same name.
"Nightswimming" - One of those songs that you'll either love or hate. Shamelessly cute and addictive, and easy to get lost in. A song lost in a beautiful moment with innocent piano and Stipe at perhaps his most giving.
"Find the River" - The last song and perhaps my personal favorite. It's about letting go and embracing the spiritual journey, into the beyond. A simple country-flavored ballad which delivers, to the patient listener, treats as great as other moments in this classic album.
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