Having peaked at No.2 on the US Billboard 200, Automatic For The People eventually topped the UK LP chart on no less than four separate occasions. Despite the fact that the band again opted not to tour in support of its release, it later went quadruple-platinum in the US and six-times-platinum in the UK. Its total worldwide sales later far exceeded expectations, and the album has since gone on to surpass the colossal total of 15 million copies worldwide.

 

In both critical and artistic terms, Automatic For The People arguably remains R.E.M’s high-water mark. Nominated for the prestigious Album Of The Year at the 1993 Grammy Awards, it later ranked at No.18 in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums Of The 90s list, and continues to attract plaudits from far and wide. After recording such an intense, soul-searching record, however, the band knew they needed a change of direction. When they began demo-ing their next album, they were mindful of Peter Buck’s prediction in the NME: “the next record is gonna be real noisy and we’ll tour it.”

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    2. Try Not To Breathe
    3. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
    4. Everybody Hurts
    5. New Orleans Instrumental No. 1
    6. Sweetness Follows
    7. Monty Got A Raw Deal
    8. Ignoreland
    9. Star Me Kitten
    10. Man On The Moon
    11. Nightswimming
    12. Find The River