Song of the Day #1,182: ‘Find the River’ – R.E.M.

Out of Time was an unlikely hit album, but its follow-up was even more of a surprise. 1992’s Automatic For the People is a somber, murky meditation on death that happened to go quadruple platinum.

It’s a testament to R.E.M.’s integrity that their two most commercially popular albums were also two of their more experimental.

Automatic For the People is a particularly gorgeous record, all cellos and distorted bass lines, Stipe’s mumbled vocals processed into a low grumble on some tracks and allowed to soar on others. I rank this album just below Fables of the Reconstruction as the band’s best work.

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