Song of the Day #1,374: ‘Try Not to Breathe’ – R.E.M.

Best Albums of the 90s – #4
Automatic For the People – R.E.M. (1992)

R.E.M.’s Automatic For the People earns its high spot on this list for a couple of reasons.

First, the obvious: it is the richest, most rewarding album recorded by one of the all-time great alternative bands. R.E.M. put out a lot of great music in the mid- to late-90s right through to their final album a year ago, but nothing that approached the majesty of this record. And the only earlier album in the band’s discography that I’d put on this level is Fables of the Reconstruction.

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