Now here's where most of the critics in the world are wrong. Most of them see Out of Time as a disappointing album, as R.E.M.'s first major misstep, and as an album that can't hold a candle to the vastly superior Automatic For the People. I'm sorry everybody, you're wrong about this one.
Out of Time is one of my very favorite R.E.M. albums. I've never gotten over how incredible this album sounds. Seriously, "Near Wild Heaven" is one of the greatest things my ears have ever heard. Out of Time features this incredible blend of folk, the fuzzed-out rock of Green, and just a hint of country. It's just a great album and I laugh derisively in the face of anyone who says it isn't.