by R.E.M.

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After their 1982 EP Chronic Town started a buzz, Murmur arrived in a blaze of glory. Optimistic yet not naïve, R.E.M.'s lean and propulsive tunes invigorated a music scene lost in the post-disco doldrums. Although they seemed like true believers in the healing power of rock, R.E.M. were no garage band; their sound was meticulously detailed and its density was highlighted by Peter Buck's chiming guitar, Bill Berry's percussion, and Mike Mills's percolating bass. Songs like "Radio Free Europe" and "Talk About the Passion" typified the recording's smart lyrics and clever arrangements. The band built its following via college radio and this constituency helped make alternative a marketing category (then a cliché) in years to come. Meanwhile the band went on to make some of the defining recordings of late 20th Century rock and roll.

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Release Date: 06/23/2009
Label: A&M
UPC: 0602527070056
catalogNumber: 001301501
Rank: 15509

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Murmur 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guy is batting .000 with his reviews. Anyway, Murmur is great. This album INVENTED the genre we now call alternative. Propulsive, beautiful songs like Radio Free Europe, Talk About the Passion, Laughing, and all the rest provide a great look back at the beginnings of R.E.M. and a great listening experience. It's just a preview of the even greater albums to follow (like Green, Automatic for the People and YES Out of Time, among others)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Murmur is the strongest CD that R.E.M. has made, every song on it is good. Don't listen to the other reviewers who say that other R.E.M. Cd's are better. Murmur is clearly superior, yes even better than Out of Time.
JFSebastion More than 1 year ago
I don't remember where I heard "Radio Free Europe", the lead song off this classic disc. Probably the radio, late at night. I was the first one of the bunch I hung out with to get into them, and I remember thinking, "these guys are gonna be huge".
The cover reflected the sound these guys created, part Byrds, part Velvet Underground, totally unique to their sound. There isn't a bad song among them, either. I first fell for "Sitting Still", then later my fave was "Laughing". It changed several times. Today, my favorite is "Perfect Circle."
Another thing I noticed about R.E.M. is the fact that they evolved over the years. The Beatles were the first band to change over time with the times. R.E.M. just did it like it was natural to them. They grew into the Best Rock Band in the World during the late 80's early 90's. Think back to that time period, other than U2 there isn't another band that withstood the test of time.
I have heard some of the live show offered as the extended edition on disc two. It will not disappoint. This their first CD still stands as one of their best. Buy it and remember a time when college bands could really break out and be the best in the business starting out on a little record label(I.R.S. records). If you were there it will bring a smile to your face.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The headline may seem like a bit of an overstatement, but this really is an amazing collection of songs. The entire album is this incredible murky mix of Bill Berry's driving and accented beats, Mike Mills' strong bass grooves, and Peter Buck's jangling, syncopated guitar. Not to mention Michael Stipe's and Mills' dueling vocal leads and harmonies. Lesser-known standouts include ''Pilgrimage,'' ''Laughing,'' ''Moral Kiosk,'' ''Sitting Still,'' ''9-9,'' and ''Shaking Through.'' This is in addition to the more-famous ''Radio Free Europe'' and ''Talk about the Passion.'' Get this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
REM, rewards the attentive listener. Their music is bursting with pleasant surprises which begin to surface only after a few plays. Influences ranging from the Byrds to Hermans Hermits to the Dave Clark Five abound, while the band still sounds truly distinctive. Songs which on first listen seem to be filler begin to take on life and power-you may find your favorite track changing with each play. Although the lyrics are often unclear-even when they're comprehensible through Michael Stipes throaty vocals-it doesn't-really matter. In R.E.M.'s music, vocals are more than just lyrics, they add to the total experience by blending with and contrasting to the music. And when a lyric does come through (again, with repeated listening) the imagery is often startling. Murmur is a truly superb debut album, showcasing a new and innovative approach to rock and pop music. Just ashy made U2 the most talked about 1981's Chronic Town, Murmur makes R.E.M. the band to watch in 1983.
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