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Old 03-30-2008, 07:28 PM   #1
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Automatic for the People

I have been listing to R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People today a lot, and, really, I'm just remembering how amazing of an album it truly end. It really is the perfect American album.

Does anyone else love this album, as well?
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I think you'll find people do.

I, however, do not. It's nothing special.
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Nothing with Ignoreland on it could be "perfect".

An unfortunate blemish on an otherwise great album.

Actual perfect American albums:

Countdown to Ecstasy or Aja by Steely Dan
Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan

off the top of my head.
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It's nothing special.
that, my friend, is fucking blasphemy.
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Old 03-30-2008, 08:30 PM   #5
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This album is just perfect, its fluence is perfect. Their best.
Now I'm getting more into Monster, an album I ignored and didn't like much in the past, but I'm loving it now.
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Nothing with Ignoreland on it could be "perfect".

An unfortunate blemish on an otherwise great album.

I don't think I've ever made it all the way through to the end of that song before. Could have been called Annoyland.

But it's a great, great record.
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I don't care for the instrumental or Star Me Kitten, other than that it's close to perfect...

And I actually like Ignoreland.
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I like Ignoreland too! And this album is
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I don't mind Ignoreland but do think it's out of place on the album.
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Yep - I love it! It's definately in my Top 10 albums of all time, and for certain my favourite REM album
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One of my all-time top 10, and REM's best album by far.
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Over rated in my opinion, some of the songs don't really have much staying power. Indeed MOTM and EH might have been played to death, but even Monty, Nightswimming and Drive fail to really excite me.

I want to like it more than I do, but like The Bends, it was only really appealing as an album for me after my first half a dozen or so listens.

Sweetness Follows, Sidewinder and Try Not To Breathe are class.

Much prefer Out Of Time (except for Radio Song), New Adventures and Reveal.
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The best R.E.M. album, easily.

And that says alot.
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Pleasant enough, I suppose. A little bland, at times, for my taste, but by no means anything like a bad record. They've recorded more than a handful of those, no doubt, but this wasn't one of them by any stretch.
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great album
not really one of my favourites but great nonetheless

Ignoreland feels a little out of place
but also prevents the album to become too 'soft'
or something
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