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Murmur

R.E.M. Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
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1. Radio Free Europe
2. Pilgrimage
3. Laughing
4. Talk About The Passion
5. Moral Kiosk
6. Perfect Circle
7. Catapult
8. Sitting Still
9. 9-9
10. Shaking Through
11. We Walk
12. West Of The Fields

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Though critics swamped R.E.M.'s 1983 full-length debut with country-rock comparisons to the Byrds, Murmur sounds like no one else. The title is an apt description of Michael Stipe's singing style, although his smooth pop vocal mannerisms sweeten the enigmatic poetry. Like all great bands, R.E.M.'s individual parts (Peter Buck's ringing guitar, drummer Bill Berry's persistent thumping, and Mike Mills's unifying bass) are as interesting as the collective sound. The album-opening "Radio Free Europe" and "Talk About the Passion" endure as its radio singles, but the rest of the songs hang together well taken as a whole. --Steve Knopper

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An '80s classic, a college-rock landmark the legendary 1983 full-length debut by R.E.M.! Stipe, Buck and the boys created a whole new sound with these remarkable songs: Radio Free Europe; Catapult; Talk About the Passion , and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Debut? June 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
Oh yeah, you better believe it! This album is proof of how great R.E.M. really are. They weren't afraid to try something different from the very beginning... this cd is anything but ordinary!
One of my favourite things about this great cd is that the songs work well together, and blend in well to make it an atmospheric experience... you won't be skipping any tracks on this one! Where as on albums like Green, you play it to hear the hits, but everything else isn't as good.
Except for Radio Free Europe, the bands first single, there's not any song that stands out over the other, and that's the way I like it. All the tracks are different, but provide you with the same basic atmosphere and listening pleasure. We Walk is very different to West Of The Fields, but they work together so well!
The gem of the album has to be Perfect Circle, a truely beautiful song. Pilgramage is fantastic and fun, as is Moral Kiosk and Catapult. You really can't go wrong with this cd, it's full of underrated R.E.M. classics.
It's effectively a toss up between this and Automatic for R.E.M.s best (though I heard Lifes Rich Pageant is the best, I just have to wait till I get my grubby mits on it!) But this cd is definatly worth your time. Listen to the cd that created Alternative Rock and started the legend that is R.E.M.!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1983 MASTERPIECE May 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
Leaving behind the garagey jangle-pop of their first recordings,
R.E.M. developed a strangely subdued variation of its
trademark sound for its full-length debut album, Murmur.
Heightening the enigmatic tendencies of Chronic Town by
de-emphasizing the backbeat and accentuating the ambience of
the ringing guitar, R.E.M. created a distinctive sound for the
album -- one that sounds eerily timeless. Even though it is firmly
in the tradition of American folk-rock, post-punk and
garage-rock, Murmur sounds as if it appeared out of nowhere,
without any ties to the past, present or future. Part of the
distinctiveness lies in the atmospheric production, which exudes
a detached sense of mystery, but it also comes from the remarkably accomplished songwriting. The
songs on Murmur sound as if they've existed forever, yet they subvert folk and pop conventions by
taking unpredictable twists and turns into melodic, evocative territory, whether it's the measured riffs
of "Pilgrimage," the melancholic "Talk About the Passion" or the winding guitars and pianos of
"Perfect Circle." TRULY R.E.M's best album and surley one of the top 5 albums of the 80's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of Time May 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
No, I don't mean R.E.M.'s breakout album that came out 8 years later. I mean that "Murmur" has a sound that really was out of its time compared to other 80s music.
It's a bold, I-don't-care album with some terrific, catchy tunes. "Radio Free Europe" and "Talk About the Passion" are classics that definitely stand the test of time -- unlike much of the songs from the time "Murmur" debuted.
The rest of the album is very solid, especially for a debut album. Not a clunker in the bunch. This is testimony to R.E.M.'s brilliance from the get-go and their adaptability. Just think of how many other bands from 1983 that were merely one-hit wonders!
However, I think this is an album that those new to R.E.M. should hold off on getting until they've had a chance to get familiar with the band through albums like "Automatic for the People" and "Out of Time", which I think have sound that is little easier to connect with. Then, venture deeper into the band's history and pick up "Murmur" to get a sense of the band's original sound and how it evolved over time. (For those R.E.M. junkies that don't have "Murmur" in their collections, what are you waiting for? If you don't have it, you have a gaping hole in your R.E.M. collection!)
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By Meg
Format:Audio CD
Murmur is the first LP that R.E.M. put out. They had put out a shorter 5 song EP called Chronic Town about 1 year earlier. You can listen to that on Dead Letter Office, and you'll find the songs are quite different from those on Murmur. Murmur has a quiet simplicity to it that puts it apart from later R.E.M. recordings. You don't have extra musicians in there to muddle the mix. You've got Bill, Mike, Peter, and Michael in there, however limited their skills may have been musically, they made up for it. Listen to Perfect Circle and imagine being outside during the summer watching kids play ball as the sun goes down. Peter has said that Perfect Circle is about this feeling. Michael has said it's about a relationship gone wrong. The beauty of R.E.M. is that the song could be either. They were also innovative back then. If you listen to "We Walk" in the background you can hear Bill Berry playing pool. It's neat. After you listen to "We Walk" you'll never go up the stairs the same way again. Pick up this CD for your collection. As Michael would say "A Must!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars You're like a Geisha Doll Jan. 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When looking at the best debut albums of the '80s, "Murmur" is surely quite a contender. After more than 20 years, its still hard to believe that this was R.E.M.'s first full length, preceded only by the "Chronic Town" EP. In an era of dated new wave albums that nobody would recall in a few years, this little known band (at the time) offered something truly unique and special in their music. "Murmur" almost seems to hint at the spirit of the new wave music at the time, yet this music is of so much more substance. It truly deserves a genre of its own; I call it "alternative folk" for a chuckle. As R.E.M. freaks already know, it was not a commercial breakthrough, but it was a college rock and alternative/indie hit. Give it just a couple listens and it's not hard to see why. "Murmur" is the sound of a band arriving fully formed on their debut, showing an impossible combination of self-confidence and innocence in their music. Both musically and lyrically, this album is not easy to label or comprehend immeadiately, but this is it's beauty and intent. "Murmur" means something different to every music fan who hears it, yet one reoccuring tale I've noticed with some reviewers is how much this album meant to them as a college student/young adult trying to find their footing in the world. That is most likely what it means to me. The songs "Sitting Still" and "Shaking Through" can represent two different attitudes any young person can have toward reaching their future dreams, depending on their outlook and dedication. I love the meaning these songs have for me and the beauty of the lyrics is how they can be interpreted ambigiously. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murmer sounds nice
Great, one of my fav REM albums (Life's Rich Pageant is the other). although this sounds good, likely from digital sources for the mastering, it's not as good as Mobile Fidelity... Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Kahn
5.0 out of 5 stars great deluxe edition
The bonus CD with the live stuff from Toronto 1983 is great.
A great debut by a classic band.
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Published on Sept. 20 2009 by Dean Wirth
3.0 out of 5 stars This one grows on you
What "Murmur" lacks in melody it more than makes up for in unique guitar lines and quirky chord and tempo changes. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2006 by Phantom Gtowner
4.0 out of 5 stars Their best ever?
When asked, I think most fans would say this and "Automatic For The People" are their best albums, roughly. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!=)
This is by far one of the most excellent albums REM has produced. I believe Michael Stipe has a beautiful voice and is very talented as of the rest of the band. Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Tarrna
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The 80's Best.......PERIOD!
This serves as REM's full length debut and aside from the self titled Marshall Crenshaw of the same era, is hands down one of the most important pieces of work ever to emerge from... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by DeeCee
5.0 out of 5 stars REM's forgotten masterpiece
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Published on Jan. 24 2004 by osapientia
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Band, But Not My Favorite Album
The music is great. The words are maddening. I prefer later stuff like Green.
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by R. D. Hanson
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