Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Automatic for the People CD 12 Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases), Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 77749751404702, W2 45055 77749751404702
Automatic for the People CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 9 45055-2, D 100121 [none]
Automatic for the People CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 9 45055-2 093624505525
Automatic for the People CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) WPCP-4970 4988014749701
Automatic for the People CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 9362-45055-2 093624505525
Automatic for the People CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) CDW 45055 093624505525
Automatic for the People (Number under barcode is 751404T) CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) W2 45055 093624505525
Automatic for the People CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) WBCD 1745 6001491238020
Automatic for the People CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) W2 45055 0208314485222
Automatic for the People DVD-Audio 25 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) R9 78175 081227817596
Automatic for the People CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 9362-45055-2 093624505525
Automatic for the People Digital Media 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) [none]
Automatic for the People (25th anniversary edition) 3×Digital Media 12 + 13 + 20 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C. 0888072041387
Automatic for the People 2×CD 12 + 13 Craft Recordings 00888072029767, CR00044 888072029767
Automatic for the People 12" Vinyl 12 Craft Recordings 0888072029835 888072029835
Automatic for the People 12" Vinyl 12 Craft Recordings CR00046 888072029835
Automatic for the People (25th anniversary deluxe edition) 3×CD + Blu-ray 12 + 13 + 20 + 34 Craft Recordings CR00045 888072029842

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Devil Rides Backwards (demo)
Drive
Everybody Hurts
Find the River
Ignoreland
Man on the Moon
Mike’s Pop Song (demo)
Nightswimming
Photograph (demo)
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 249)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000089350 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/57830 [info]
Wikidata: Q782550 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Automatic for the People [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/R.E.M.:Automatic_For_The_People_(1992) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/r_e_m_/automatic_for_the_people/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/mgn8 [info]

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By the time they released this album in 1992, REM had already made the transition from cult college rock band to a rather unlikely stadium act. After the 'shiny happy' pop of their breakthrough Out Of Time, the ruminative Automatic For the People turned them into one of the biggest bands on the planet for a while, selling a whopping 15 million copies. Singer Michael Stipe's words had long since emerged from the deliberately foggy lo-fi production of their early years ­ but the appeal of REM had always hinged on the hummability of their tunes, and there were more anthemic songs here than on any of their discs before or since. Perhaps surprisingly, though, it's a more understated record than Out Of Time, leaning strongly towards an acoustic sound, with a third of the tracks even featuring orchestral arrangements by former Led Zeppelin bassist, John Paul Jones.

As usual, the lyrics are rather cryptic, and the way that "Sweetness Follows" rhymes 'wonder' with 'thunder' seems to suggest they're sung for sonic effect as much as content. Perhaps the fact that "Man On The Moon" name checks glam rockers Mott The Hoople is a clue in that respect. Nonetheless, the sense of vulnerability and compassion evident in "Everybody Hurts" (and also "Sweetness Follows") struck a chord with many.

The halting "Drive" is an unusual but effective opener and the title of "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite" acknowledges its melodic debt to the much-covered "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". If there's one downside to the wealth of familiar hits, it's the way the album sags in its third quarter, from the plodding and incomprehensible "Monty Got A Raw Deal" and the rowdy "Ignoreland" to the rather slight "Star Me Kitten". "Man On The Moon" comes to the rescue just in time with a sure-fire chorus, and Stipe's Elvis impersonation provides a rare flash of humour, after which the closing hush of "Nightswimming" and "Find The River" make for an impressively cathartic denouement. As long as you like
that voice.