Automatic for the People

Label
Warner Bros.
Release date
1992
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
48:13

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Drive 4:30 296,945
2 Try Not to Breathe 3:49 173,661
3 The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite (Album Version ) 4:09 4,639
4 Everybody Hurts 4:56 601,876
5 New Orleans Instrumental No.1 ( LP Version ) 2:15 2,439
6 Sweetness Follows ( LP Version ) 4:20 2,978
7 Monty Got A Raw Deal (LP Version) 3:16 2,864
8 Ignoreland ( LP Version ) 4:26 2,319
9 Star Me Kitten ( LP Version ) 3:15 2,599
10 Man on the Moon 5:14 510,462
11 Nightswimming 4:15 353,745
12 Find The River ( LP Version ) 3:48 2,544

About this album

Automatic for the People is the eighth album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released in 1992 on Warner Bros. Records. While R.E.M. had intended to make a harder-rocking album after dealing primarily with acoustic based sounds on its previous record Out of Time (1991), the group eventually abandoned that goal and created an album that was musically subdued and dealt with mortality. Automatic for the People reached number two on the US album charts and yielded six singles. It was ranked #247 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

After promotional duties for their previous album Out of Time in May 1991, the members of R.E.M. began work on their next album. Starting the first week of June, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry met several times a week in a rehearsal studio to work on new material. Once a month they would take a week-long break. The musicians would often trade instruments: Buck would play mandolin, Mills would play piano or organ, and Berry would play bass. Buck explained that writing without drums was productive for the band members. The band, intent on delivering an album of harder-rocking material after Out of Time, made an effort to write some faster rock songs during rehearsals, but came up with less than a half dozen prospective songs in that vein.

When it came time to make demos, the musicians recorded them in their standard band configuration. According to Buck, the musicians recorded about 30 songs. Singer Michael Stipe was not present at these sessions; instead, the band gave him the finished demos at the start of 1992.

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  • elf-culture

    I love this album so much. It's so beautiful.

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • dAdriano

    ★★★★★

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Meloku666

    Am I the only one who thinks that "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite" is the best track of this album?

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • xelene_x

    Unbelievable album, what an emotional tour de force. From the alienation of Drive and the rage of Ignoreland to the reckoning of Nightswimming and the tear-stained hope of Find the River, every song a classic. The best of the stellar run of albums REM had from 1991 to 1996.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • CainDavies

    R.E.M. are the best example of a band I can think of who are just as good here as on their earlier albums, after that "maturing" phase that takes so many lesser bands into dull, formulaic territory.

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    The last perfect R.E.M. album.

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Johnny_D

    best album of the 90s (with In Aeroplane over the Sea) and one of the best records in music history! Unbelievably perfect!!! Especially if you consider that it has been released after mediocore Green and Out of Time and before fine but not so great Monster. Miracle!

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Snooz

    The album that introduced REM to me. I keep thinking these are older guys than me, but when they made it they were thirty-somethings wrinting classic songs with the depth of a full life experience. These songs are a personal viewport into days of the 90's as a teen, feelings, moods, mental images come back. It was also the only cassette in our car my dad could accept listeinng to from our music. (The others must have been RATM, Nirvana and the likes)

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • RIPELIVEJAM

    i love this album... and hate it. i hate what it does to me. but i love it so much.

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    One of the best rock albums of all time.

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Predelnik

    Well I haven't listen to further albums but for me this one is really beautiful in it's entirety, I even feel ashamed for calling this band boring when I was just starting listening to their albums. Hopefully this album will stay one of my favourite overall for the rest of my life.

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • RedDevil1989

    I prefer Reckoning & Murmur to this. [2] Still a great album though

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • grimmbo68

    Happy Birthday ! 20 Jahre und immer noch am strahlen .......

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • zhelnerovich

    Lies, they were the men since the release of "Chronic Town"

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • PunctureRepair

    This album marks when R.E.M. became men.

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • satchalicious

    Holy shit this album is just pure perfection.

    18 Jul 2012 Reply
  • pvmnt

    I prefer Reckoning & Murmur to this.

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • bernlin2000

    I can't pick a favorite, but this and "Murmur" are clearly watershed moments for R.E.M: "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite" "Man on the Moon" and "Nightswimming" are masterpieces on their own terms, and the sequencing of the last three songs is simply astounding.

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • NemesisXXX

    The Greatest.The Best.The only one.

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • JackMcFearless

    Fucking amazing.

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
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