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R.E.M.|Automatic For The People

Automatic For The People

R.E.M.

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Turning away from the sweet pop of Out of Time, R.E.M. created a haunting, melancholy masterpiece with Automatic for the People. At its core, the album is a collection of folk songs about aging, death, and loss, but the music has a grand, epic sweep provided by layers of lush strings, interweaving acoustic instruments, and shimmering keyboards. Automatic for the People captures the group at a crossroads, as they moved from cult heroes to elder statesmen, and the album is a graceful transition into their new status. It is a reflective album, with frank discussions on mortality, but it is not a despairing record -- "Nightswimming," "Everybody Hurts," and "Sweetness Follows" have a comforting melancholy, while "Find the River" provides a positive sense of closure. R.E.M. have never been as emotionally direct as they are on Automatic for the People, nor have they ever created music quite as rich and timeless, and while the record is not an easy listen, it is the most rewarding record in their oeuvre.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Drive
00:04:31

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer

℗ 2017 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

2
Try Not To Breathe
00:03:50

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer

℗ 2017 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

3
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
00:04:09

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer

℗ 2017 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

4
Everybody Hurts
00:05:20

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer

℗ 2017 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

5
New Orleans Instrumental No. 1
00:02:15

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer

℗ 2017 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

6
Sweetness Follows
00:04:21

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer

℗ 2017 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

7
Monty Got A Raw Deal
00:03:17

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer

℗ 2017 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

8
Ignoreland Explicit
00:04:27

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer

℗ 2017 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

9
Star Me Kitten Explicit
00:03:15

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer

℗ 2017 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

10
Man On The Moon
00:05:13

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer

℗ 2017 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

11
Nightswimming
00:04:18

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer

℗ 2017 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

12
Find The River
00:03:52

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer

℗ 2017 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

Album Description

Turning away from the sweet pop of Out of Time, R.E.M. created a haunting, melancholy masterpiece with Automatic for the People. At its core, the album is a collection of folk songs about aging, death, and loss, but the music has a grand, epic sweep provided by layers of lush strings, interweaving acoustic instruments, and shimmering keyboards. Automatic for the People captures the group at a crossroads, as they moved from cult heroes to elder statesmen, and the album is a graceful transition into their new status. It is a reflective album, with frank discussions on mortality, but it is not a despairing record -- "Nightswimming," "Everybody Hurts," and "Sweetness Follows" have a comforting melancholy, while "Find the River" provides a positive sense of closure. R.E.M. have never been as emotionally direct as they are on Automatic for the People, nor have they ever created music quite as rich and timeless, and while the record is not an easy listen, it is the most rewarding record in their oeuvre.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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