To release Automatic for the People straight after Out Of Time, R.E.M. was a band at comfort under the weight of huge popularity and expectation. In 1988, guitarist Peter Buck described R.E.M.’s typical song as “Minor key, mid-tempo and enigmatic”. By 1992, for ‘enigmatic’ read ‘full of isolation’. Solitude has never been more beautifully presented than in Michael Stipe singing “Nightswimming deserves a quiet night” to Mike Mills’ sparse piano melody. The next rock band to reach such a rich vein of form would be Radiohead, whose album The Bends would seem to borrow R.E.M.’s cover image for the single release.