Out of Time album cover
Automatic for the People album cover
Monster album cover

R.E.M.’s first release of the 90’s was “Out of Time;” and like their previous two albums, it was their best-selling record up to that point in their career. It produced one of their most memorable tracks, “Losing My Religion,” and earned the band three Grammy awards.

1992’s emotionally powerful album, “Automatic for the People” followed, before the band made a major departure with 1994’s “Monster.”

The album was driven by heavily distorted and droning guitars and despite its different approach, it was another commercial success for R.E.M., even if some critics did not agree. In "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide," Tom Nawrocki wrote, "The guitars were amped up, but the songwriting was far less consistent," and continued, writing that a couple of the tracks were "interminable exercises in subpar songwriting."

During the tour to support the album, drummer Bill Berry suffered a life-threatening brain aneurysm while playing in Switzerland, and after recording 1996's "New Adventures in Hi-Fi," he decided to leave the band and become a farmer.

Berry insisted that R.E.M. continue without him. According to Eddie Vedder during his speech to induct R.E.M. into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Berry said, "I can't be the schmuck who broke up R.E.M."

So, R.E.M.'s first release without their original line-up and their last release of the '90s, "Up" once again saw the band taking on a new sound. Instead of hiring a new drummer to replace Berry, they used guest drummers and relied more heavily on synthesizer and electronic drum loops. It did not produce any commercial hits, and like "New Adventures in Hi-Fi," it received mixed reviews.

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Below is the music video for "Losing My Religion," from "Out of Time."