Pour son quatrième album, le guitariste maltais basé à Paris développe, à la tête d’un groupe multiculturel, un ensemble de compositions qui challenge le jeu tout en n’excluant ni la douceur, ni le sens de l’espace. Soliste de la ligne claire, d’une articulation qui ne souffre aucune imprécision, Sandro Zerafa parvient à capter et restituer dans son art une sorte de lumière : celle qui révèle les beautés du monde et éclaire nos âmes sensibles par la musique. « More Light », et l’on en a bien besoin.
Turning away from the sweet pop of Out of Time, R.E.M. created a haunting, melancholy masterpiece with Automatic for the People. At its core, the album is a collection of folk songs about aging, death, and loss, but the music has a grand, epic sweep provided by layers of lush strings, interweaving acoustic instruments, and shimmering keyboards. Automatic for the People captures the group at a crossroads, as they moved from cult heroes to elder statesmen, and the album is a graceful transition into their new status. It is a reflective album, with frank discussions on mortality, but it is not a despairing record – "Nightswimming," "Everybody Hurts," and "Sweetness Follows" have a comforting melancholy, while "Find the River" provides a positive sense of closure. R.E.M. have never been as emotionally direct as they are on Automatic for the People, nor have they ever created music quite as rich and timeless, and while the record is not an easy listen, it is the most rewarding record in their oeuvre.