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Automatic for the People
Automatic for the People
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Continuing to specialize in the art of curve-throwing, R.E.M. followed up its 1991 smash, Out of Time, with this fragile album of soft melodies and string arrangements. The sympathetic ballad "Everybody Hurts" must have pr...  more »


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All Artists: Rem
Title: Automatic for the People
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 128
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 10/6/1992
Release Date: 10/6/1992
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093624505525

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Continuing to specialize in the art of curve-throwing, R.E.M. followed up its 1991 smash, Out of Time, with this fragile album of soft melodies and string arrangements. The sympathetic ballad "Everybody Hurts" must have prevented countless suicide attempts, while the Andy Kaufman tribute "Man on the Moon" (with Michael Stipe affecting an Elvis Presley imitation) and the rock-into-oblivion "Drive" are among the quartet's strongest hits. (The opening line, "Hey, kids, rock and roll," isn't so much a rallying cry as an expression of anxiety.) It takes a few listens for its charms to unfold, but Automatic is the gem between bigger hits Out of Time and Monster. --Steve Knopper

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Brian & Eileen B. (BandEBearit)
Reviewed on 12/13/2007...
I listened to this CD before I posted it, after going years without listening to it and I almost kept it. It's fun!
Melanie W. (novelwriter) from SURFSIDE BCH, SC
Reviewed on 8/9/2007...
This is my favorite R.E.M. cd! All of the songs are great! I have to say that on this CD it is hard to pick a favorite track. This CD is a must for any R.E.M. fans out there.
Cori B. from CLAYTON, GA
Reviewed on 10/7/2006...
I love this CD, but I have two. Everytime I listen to it, it reminds me of my college years and things that happened. It is just great, mellow music!!
William C. from OCEAN, NJ
Reviewed on 10/6/2006...
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Music That Interrupted My Attempt At Suicide
I Am Here | Pasadena, CA USA | 01/22/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This album came out during a time in my life when I had lost a job that I loved, for reasons that were about nothing but sexual discrimination. After losing my job; I was evicted from an apartment I'd been living in for eight years. For the first time in my life I was homeless, very angry, extremely afraid, and depressed in the most dark and painful way ever. I became very self-destructive, hopeless, purposeless, and dead. I was staying at a friends apartment for a while, and when I discovered that that friend was not a true and caring friend; I dived though a glass window from a 30 feet balcony. I severely fractured my skull, put myself in a coma, lost my ability to walk and talk for 13 months. While I was in the hospital for rehabilitation, a friend brought me some music he thought might be uplifting; and "Automatic For The People" was one I listened to everyday. There were three songs that effected me deeply. EVERYBODY HURTS made me cry, and at the same time made me angry. Sure everybody does hurt; but not everybody is capable of dealing with hurt. I wanted the tell Michael Stipe to shut his damn mouth; but I still listened to the song everyday. The second song that I like to hate was TRY NOT TO BREATHE. Again I found myself spilling out the foulest of words at Michael Stipe; because I thought he was telling me that no matter how many times I might try to kill myself, that it will never work for a reason. I cursed at Michael Stipe big time about this song. But I guess I really liked it more than I was willing to admit at the time. The third song the pissed me off had a title that elevated my blood pressure. SWEETNESS FOLLOWS I thought was trying to tell me that a sweetness in life is waiting for me, and that was why all of my attempts at suicide had not been successful. I hated this song, and I liked it at the same time. I am still healing from an acute head trauma, and I still listen to this album a lot."
Thus began adolescence...
KMTeacher | Anchorage, AK USA | 02/05/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was at a 9th grade birthday party, for a girl named Brooke. I hardly knew her. Her brother put in a CD, which was still pretty novel in Alaska then. I had watched a few R.E.M. videos on MTV, but I hadn't really understood until I heard this album in its entirety. I fell in love. From the melodies to the album art, I was hooked. I have loved R.E.M. since that day. This particular album is R.E.M. at its best."