1. OUT OF TIME – 7th album – 1991
Pitchfork: “Along with Nevermind, released a half year later, R.E.M.’s Out of Time was the early-’90s major-label ideal: A blockbuster that multiplied the band’s following without losing existing fans.” Score: 8.5/10
Key single: Losing My Religion
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2. AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE – 8th LP – 1992
AllMusic: “Turning away from the sweet pop of Out of Time, R.E.M. created
a haunting, melancholy masterpiece with Automatic for the People.”
Key single: Drive
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3. GREEN – 6th longplayer – 1988
Pitchfork: “Their first major label effort, their first LP to go
double platinum, the first to achieve popularity in the UK.”
Key single: Stand
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4. MURMUR – Debut LP – 1983
Rolling Stone: “This band’s darkness is shot through with flashes of bright light. A
restless, nervous record full of false starts and images of movement, pilgrimage, transit.”
Key single: Radio Free Europe
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5. MONSTER – 9th album – 1994
UNCUT: “These new songs were grounded in the stomp and crackle of ’70s glam rock, with Buck pulling out every effects pedal he owned and Stipe addressing his own celebrity and sexuality.” Score: 8/10
Key single: What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?