My first real favourite band. I'm ranking the LPs by heart, regardless of popularity/reception/accolades ecc...
I put a lot of effort into this ranking, please be kimd in the comment section
Automatic For The People
First album I fell in love with. Every single track is a pearl. I still listen to "Everybody Hurts" like if it was the first time. Astonishing from top to bottom.
There are very few debut albums that can rock like this one. A real turning point for Alternative music and Rock in general. If you haven't listened to it yet, I highly suggest you to try "Shaking Through"; you won't be disappointed.
Out of Time
Their commercial pinnacle. And I think that's probably the reason why this album gets so much hate. It has some of their best and most popular songs in it: Losing my Religion, Shiny Happy People, Radio Song... A must have!
Take Murmur and make it darker. Now you have Reckoning!
Their first real shift from college rock/jangle pop/psychedelic folk to pure alternative rock. It shows their pop sound.
Lifes Rich Pageant
An upbeat and optimistic one. 15 tracks to discover. Sure there's one for everyone.
Fables of the Reconstruction
A slow and dark work. You can definetly dig it!
Here comes the mandolin...
New Adventures in Hi-Fi
Last album with former drummer Bill Berry. We can even find Patti Smith in it
The heaviest record you can find from R.E.M.'s catalogue
Nearly 30 years later, R.E.M. can still produce good and interesting material! It is rare from bands of sorts.
Experimental and electronic. Definetly not my favourite. There are pretty good tracks in it anyway.
Collapse Into Now
I always feel very nostalgic about this album. Mainly because it's the last one. It's hard for me not to cry when listening to this.
Imitation of Life and I'll Take The Rain are some of my favourite songs of the band. The rest is pretty much forgettable.
Around the Sun
If it was for me, there wouldn't be a "worst" album. I like to consider it the "less surprising and inspired", because yeah that's it. There are some very good tracks: Leaving New York and Aftermath are great! But it's not enough to save a disappointment of an LP.