Monster > Automatic For The People
"Strange Currency" > "Everybody Hurts"
"Tongue"? Maybe the prettiest song R.E.M. ever recorded.
"Let Me In"? Maybe the saddest song they ever recorded.
"King of Comedy"? Obviously, a huge dud. But the rest of it holds up nicely.
Automatic was kind of soft and boring in ways Monster was hard-edged and intentionally fucked up and ugly.