This album had a lot of pressure built on it. It was R.E.M.'s eleventh studio album, produced back in 1992. R.E.M.'s tenth album - Out of time - had been labelled thier best to date. This put a pressure on 'Automatic for the people' to try to outdo it in both popularity and success. It did so. Songs such as Everybody Hurts, The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight and Nightswimming made 'Automatic for the people' one of the most popular albums of all time. I would recommend it to anyone who likes any previous R.E.M. album. Michael Stipe's lyrics are at thier best and have since proved to be inspirational to many other artists.