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Murmur

R.E.M.

1983

Murmur

Album Summary

Murmur is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on April 12, 1983, by I.R.S. Records. Murmur drew critical acclaim upon its release for its unusual sound, defined by lead singer Michael Stipe's cryptic lyrics, guitarist Peter Buck's jangly guitar style, and bass guitarist Mike Mills' melodic basslines.

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3.42

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5484

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

Highlights: Laughing, Talk About The Passion, Striking Through Before they were shiny and happy and lost their religion, before everybody hurt, before they crushed with eyeliner...it was Murmur. The breakout album by R.E.M. that reignited America's love with sweeping guitar rock that was increasingly becoming punky- metal- glammy- and loud. R.E.M. would have fallen victim to the loudness wars if not for their just getting everything right, paving the way for acts like Live and Radiohead.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Depending on who you ask, this is REM’s best album. A debut that contends with some of the best debuts ever. I really enjoy this album. Hooky basslines, jangly guitars and weird lyrics that burst into catchy sing a long choruses. This album laid the groundwork for what was to come later in the 80s underground music scene and how big REM was about to become with albums like Document and Automatic for the People. Favorite song: Radio Free Europe Least favorite song: Shaking Through

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

warm guitars, sometimes naive sometimes deeply melancholic. feels like walking with band t-shirts, my headphones connected to my walk-man under a sunny campus, green paves the way.

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

REM are the godfathers of indie rock. They were the epicenter of what was then called college rock, which would then mutate into alternative, and finally become indie rock as we know it today. I feel like people take them for granted now, partially because their sound was pretty much completely absorbed by others in their time, and partially because they don't have a particularly aggressive sound - something that I actually appreciate them for. I get tired of rock and roll having to be cranked to 11 all the time. This is easily one of the most important and unique debut albums of the 80s. The jangly guitars, melodic basslines, and toe tapping beats are certainly nice, but I think the real secret sauce is in Michael Stipe's poetic lyrics and seemingly casual but subtly emotive vocal delivery.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Still my favorite REM album, though Reckoning comes damn close. This albums ringing guitars, impossibly tight rhythm section, beautiful backing vocals, soaring melodies and just general youthful exuberance cement this as their best album. REM are a great band and became more mature and polished but they never again matched their early period for pure excitement. Wow! 5 🌟

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Tue Apr 12 2022
3

For whatever reason, I’ve never kicked the tires on Murmur. Monster would be my go-to and I like Green is fair enough, too. This is pretty great, especially as a debut. Didn’t realize they had their shit together like this from the get-go. Dialed back a bit sonically, but that’s to be expected; what’s unexpected though is how tight the songwriting is. Stipe sounds great as usual and Buck’s playing is understated but still carries great weight. I don’t think this’ll change anyone’s mind about REM, but this is an awesome change of pace record for me personally as a semi-fan. Very cool. 3.5

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

I love this record. Moral Kiosk is one of my favorite REM songs.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Top-notch record, recorded by nobodies in a nowhere town that shot them into the spotlight (beating out Thriller!!). The only issue I have is the sometimes too-clean composition that reflects a band piecing together in a studio rather than REM's legendary stage presence and ensemble. The key to the band in my opinion is there meticulous knowledge and reverence of the history of rock music. The Byrds, Patti Smith, Television, Wire, Neil Young, and local acts like Pylon and B-52s are all here, though in a fresh way that uses nods rather than outright plagarism. Moral Kiosk, Laughing, Radio Free, it's clear these young men from Athens had something that no one else did.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
5

One of the best debut albums of all time and it’s probably not even their best album. Great melodies, great harmonies, great guitar, GREAT bass, great drums. Just all around great. R.E.M. are The Beatles of indie/alternative rock.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

I would listen to this album all day, every day and never get tired of it. A top three R.E.M. album, flawless from top to bottom.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Personally, Murmur was one of those life-changing records that shifted the direction of my music tastes. R.E.M.'s sound was refreshing and much needed. Around this time I discovered other like-minded bands, the Replacements, Husker Du, Violent Femmes, etc. ,bands outside mainstream radio (college rock) and this music was the reason the 80's actually had some great music. I'll always have a special place for the first four R.E.M. records (especially the first two) in my collection and all of them are essential listens!

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Can see how its influential Alt Indie rock but it took me a couple of listens to start to get it. A real grower that I get more out of the more i play it. Given its release date this must have been one of the first crossover records from the Alt-Rock scene which exploded in the early 90s. 4/5

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

I liked it, a less obvious recommendation than expected

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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

Surprised R.E.M. has more than one on the list and this not being my second choice I may be very surprised they have 3 on here

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

This debut album is pleasant enough. Good early indie music with a nice vibe that foreshadows even better things to come from this band. However it gets repetitive very soon.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

-major keys -jangly clean guitars -the same fast, aggressive drumming on almost every song This is feel good music. It's definitely not a chore to listen to. However, listening to this album further cemented my opinion that REM is a band that does one thing well and that thing is not particularly memorable or original. My favorite track was 9-9.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Interesting to hear an early REM album from the eighties. The music was okay, but did not blow me away either.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

R.E.M indeed. This is a snore fest.

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Couldn't get into this one. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood but it just seemed so instantly forgettable

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Wed Oct 13 2021
2

I know some later R.E.M. (Losing My Religion) but found this pretty boring. The songs blurred together a bit, and I got the impression of a less dynamic Tragically Hip.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
2

I don’t think I understand this band

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Fri Aug 19 2022
2

A little prom bandy

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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

Ehhh

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Thu Sep 08 2022
2

Ehh

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Sat Sep 17 2022
1

So I genuinely have very little to say about this. I kinda sorta liked some of the songs, but not much at all. The songs sounded the same to me and I was very bored. It was kind of a chore to get through this album if I’m being completely honest. Perfect Circle might be one of the most boring songs I’ve ever heard. Maybe I’m just tired, but these songs are seriously unbearably boring to me. The cover art is kind of intriguing. I think my neighbors have started to smoke. I keep smelling weed really strongly whenever I go out at night or open my window. This project has introduced me to a few songs I really like like Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths, but now I’m just starting to realize that music critics and snobs hate to have fun and only like boring music. I’m so bored with listening to this album that I’m talking about other groups and personal matters in the notes. I’m only like 10 albums in though, so hopefully they will get better.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

I didn't know that post-punk became alternative rock but now I do.

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Thu Jan 07 2021
5

определенно, R.E.M. - моя самая не любимая альтернативная группа. но я же сужу не по субъективным качествам. если бы меня попросили описать "Murmur" одним словом, я бы без заминки сказал "вдохновляющий". даже сейчас, слушая условных Arcade Fire, мой мозг автоматически проводил аналогии с песнями этого альбома. "Murmur" не блещет ревущими гитарами и надрывающимся от тягости исполнения вокала, что весьма интересно для альт-рока своих лет, но не это главное. основная особенность работы - это ее резкие переходы. на альбоме очень часто можно заметить полное отсутствие бриджа при переходе из куплета в припев, что совершенно взрывает мою голову, что, возможно, хорошо. подводя итог, как бы я не хотел убрать одну звезду за простоту вокала или постоянно торопящиеся структуры песен, этот альбом - бриллиант, из которого сложился современный альт-рок, который сам по себе звучит не менее актуально. будь он выпущен сейчас, произвел бы не меньший фурор.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Not my first time hearing this - I love this album. They really started off with a bang - so catchy, yet infused with that unique sound that is unlike any other music out there. 5 stars.

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Sat May 29 2021
5

They knew what they needed to sound like.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Great album! Very nice rhythms. Good for vibing

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Groundbreaking - on many lists of greatest albums of all time for good reason

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Mi primer disco de R.E.M.

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Sat May 29 2021
5

worth to relisten

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

Great

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Sat Feb 27 2021
5

Excellent album. A delight to be reacquainted with it.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

I listened to this album so much in the 90s that it was hard for me to fathom that it came out when I was 10 years old. "Laughing" is one of my all-time faves, and the rest of it is quite good as well.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

One of those few perfect albuns.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

Radio Free Europe remains one of my absolute fave R.E.M. songs, and the rest of the album is equally fantastic.

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Awesome listen

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

A true classic. Not a bad song on here as far as I'm concerned. And what an influential album. An anchor to the college radio music wave.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

Great!

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Algjör dásemd.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

Classic!

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

Outstanding first album!

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

I enjoyed it.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

Perfect R.E.M album, as I guess everyone knows..

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

One of the most important and significant Alt Rock records of all time

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Sun Jan 16 2022
5

This is nostalgia in an album! I love everything about it- Stipe’s voice, his lyrics and the sound. Radio Free Europe is a brilliant tune.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

Hard to believe this album came out in 1983, sounds so much ahead of its time. Can see the influence it had on alternative rock bands.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

Very pleasant

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

I am very familiar with R.E.M and their debut album MURMUR. I have the album and I’m a casual fan. I like the album a lot. After listening to MURMUR, this album is still a great album to listen to. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, with R.E.M - MURMUR, the subsequent albums are also listed: DOCUMENT (1987); GREEN (1988); AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE (1992) Rate Artist: R.E.M (5.0) Rate Album (Year): MURMUR (US 1983 Original) (5.0) Rate Album (Year): MURMUR (US 2008 Deluxe) (5.0) Ranking of R.E.M - MURMUR songs No. Title Length Ranking 1-01. "Radio Free Europe" 4:06 10.0/10 1-02. "Pilgrimage" 4:30 10.0/10 1-03. "Laughing" 3:57 09.0/10 1-04. "Talk About the Passion" 3:23 10.0/10 1-05, "Moral Kiosk" 3:31 07.0/10 1-06. "Perfect Circle" 3:29 08.0/10 1-07. "Catapult" 3:55 10.0/10 1-08. "Sitting Still" 3:17 10.0/10 1-09. "9–9" 3:03 09.0/10 1-10. "Shaking Through" 4:30 10.0/10 1-11. "We Walk" 3:02 09.0/10 1-12. "West of the Fields" 3:17 10.0/10 US 1983 Original Release 112.0/120 = 9.33 / 2 = 4.67 2008 Deluxe Edition bonus disc (Live at Larry's Hideaway in Toronto, July 9, 1983) 2-13. "Laughing" 3:51 10.0/10 2-14. "Pilgrimage" 4:08 10.0/10 2-15. "There She Goes Again" 2:43 07.0/10 2-16. "Seven Chinese Brothers" 4:15 08.0/10 2-17. "Talk About the Passion" 3:02 10.0/10 2-18. "Sitting Still" 4:11 10.0/10 2-19. "Harborcoat" 3:45 10.0/10 2-20. "Catapult" 3:51 10.0/10 2-21. "Gardening at Night" 3:33 10.0/10 2-22. "9-9" 3:16 09.0/10 2-23. "Just a Touch" 2:27 06.0/10 2-24. "West of the Fields" 3:06 10.0/10 2-25. "Radio Free Europe" 4:57 10.0/10 2-26. "We Walk" 2:55 07.0/10 2-27. "1,000,000" 3:05 08.0/10 2-28. "Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)" 3:58 08.0/10 US 2008 Deluxe Release 255.0/280 = 9.11 / 2 = 4.55

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

It is still an incredible listen after all these years!

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

Three in a row. Looking for a timeless sound and they found it. Crisp and focused.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

One of the best debuts of all time, REM came out of the gates loaded and ready to make incredible rock. It’s interesting to come back to this after decades of refining and expanding the indie scene, but the melodies are timeless and the production is charmingly limited. Radio Free Europe’s single version is better, though. A

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

R.E.M. 5*

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Sat May 07 2022
5

Yes, very good album.

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Tue May 10 2022
5

I was pleasantly surprised by this record. I enjoy R.E.M., but some of their songs have missed me, depending on the situation. This record, though, carried a specific tone all the way through, and I couldn’t help myself from enjoying it. Definitely a buy, Leonard likes this post

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

Already very familiar with this one.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

I haven’t listened to this staple from my college years in… years. I feel like I’ve just discovered R.E.M. all over again! I’m stunned to see that this came out in 1983. I tend to think of R.E.M. as a 90s band. It’s startling to think of just how on the vanguard R.E.M. was in the early 80s. Listening to this now I hear the massive influence R.E.M. would have on rock for the next decade or two. Really incredible debut album that is so wonderful to have back in my life after far too long a hiatus.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

One of the strongest debut albums I've ever heard, and one of the most influential albums ever made. I don't know if I can really express how special this album was when it came out. Nobody really sounded like this at the time, but countless bands did sound like R.E.M. when all was said and done. It was fresh and exhilarating to hear at the time and that feeling comes back one thousand fold for me listening to it again today. Murmur is a perfect album and remains one of R.E.M.'s best even after a career full of brilliant work. R.E.M. have a musical palette that's really enjoyable to listen to, with swirling melodies and gorgeous jangling guitars. Musically, there may never have been a band more subtly expressive and in sync with each other then Berry-Buck-Mills. On top of that you have Michael Stipe's engaging, bittersweet vocals. I know some people don't dig the lyrics, but you have to get that they were deliberately cryptic and strange, and that was very much part of the band's appeal. R.E.M. weren't trying to be a mainstream band, but the music was so good, they were a success in spite of it. This is really a perfect album, with not a bad song to be found. Hard to pick a favorite. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Talk About the Passion, Radio Free Europe, Sitting Still, Moral Kiosk, Catapult, Shaking Through, Laughing, Perfect Circle, We Walk, West of the Fields, 9–9, Pilgrimage

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

I got to hear this originally the week it released in Athens, GA as the first EP

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

REM’s debut album raises the question, are they a jangle pop band, a post punk band, or an alternative rock band. The answer is yes. REM deftly explore and blur genre later becoming the forefront of the alternative music scene as it was gaining popularity. Their influence is profound and this, their debut album, shows that they arrived on the scene with a unique and fully formed sound. The influences here range from the Beatles to the Smiths and are woven into something melodic and unique.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

Stonking debut album. One of the best. *****

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Easily one of the greatest debut albums of all time.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

1st

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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

I got pretty into this band when I was in college, saw them in concert first in '83 when they opened for The Police but that was a crazy huge crowd (70k+) at Shea Stadium and I could barely hear R.E.M.'s relatively brief set, then saw them again in '86 in support of the Lifes Rich Pageant album, and that was a better and smaller venue, so I could actually hear and see them. [Side Note: a band I'd later come to love through to this day, The Feelies, opened for them that night but I either showed up late or ignored them because I had no clue about them and hadn't learned that paying attention to opening bands can be a GREAT experience because I was 19 years old and an idiot -- a lovable idiot, I think, but an idiot nonetheless] Anyway, back to this album: I owned it and loved it. Still do. These are fantastic songs. Along with their debut EP, Chronic Town, the first few releases by the band are among my favorites of theirs. They put out some great albums for years to come, and I love how they evolved over the decades. I hadn't given this a focused listen in quite some time. It still holds up for me after all these years. I think Mike Mills is one of the coolest musicians and people, and Peter Buck is a severely underrated guitarist. He doesn't get mentioned a lot because ripping big solos just isn't his thing -- he's a refreshingly non-egotistical rock guitarist -- but in my own personal worldview, art that stands out for me in any medium is art that when I experience it, I recognize it as the artist's work without being told who it is. Peter Buck's guitar work has always been that way for me. That's rare and impressive.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Much more country than I remembered.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

This record takes me back to my early days of "new music" discovery. I was close to wearing out the grooves on my copy of the Chronic Town EP by the time Murmur dropped.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Always a good idea.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

I very much enjoyed this album, it was engaging throughout, and would definitely listen again

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

A perfect sort of album, the kind you couldn't distinguish as belonging to a particular decade but as soon as it's heard, you know it's timeless. REM on this album truly prove they have the hooks and phrases of any great songwriting group, straight from the get-go.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

Well, we didn’t really know what we were in for, did we? And it still sounds fresh 40 years on. The enthusiasm and commitment and near-perfect integration of the playing make the record. The inscrutable lyrics only add to the charm. There are many winners, but the whole sounds of a piece, consistent in tone and mood, and executed with an attractive balance of precision and swing. “Radio Free Europe” still sounds like a call to arms, a new way to view the world through music or to do music. “Laughing” is criminally underrated and “Perfect Circle” just gorgeous, as elegant a song as REM (or anyone) would ever do. “Shaking Through” is pure delight. “Sitting Still” is an absolute gem, a personal all-time fave the inspirational ending of which (“I can hear you/Can you hear me?” with the hopeful bell-like up-chiming last note) can still bring one near to tears. One can’t be objective about this record as it has meant so much, having (almost literally) grown up (in Georgia) with this band – with this and Chronic Town on cassette and having seen them a dozen or so times, across most of their tours, going back to Reckoning (which should be on this list, as one of the great all-time sophomore efforts, and a better record than this one, IMHO). And as seminal and influential as this record was (for which it gets a 5), it’s important to remember how much better they got and how much more great music was to come. That the record apparently still means so much speaks to its rarely-paralleled excellence.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

I love this album. It is a quintessential indie record. Mysterious, beautiful, melodic. It still sounds great in 2022.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

En fantastisk debut!

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Mon Oct 05 2020
4

This is some dad rock. But good.

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Fri Oct 09 2020
4

really good!

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Fri Sep 25 2020
4

really excellent

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Fri Oct 02 2020
4

Good album. Forgot how much I like R.E.M. However, docking it one star for not really being my genre of music.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

doesnt have any of their hits, still great

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Thu Jan 07 2021
4

Interesting instrumental and a pleasant voice

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Great Album, really like the voice and the composition. Although not a masterpiece, it's definitely a very good 4

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

decent . will listen again , but not intentionally

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

Interesting to hear REM before the 90s. Much more accessible.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Very good album. I never have really listened to R.E.M. aside from their popular songs, and this album had a completely different sound than I was expecting.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Not for my tastes exactly but it's good

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

I enjoyed this album

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Best R.E.M. sample, displaying their style at their best. Nice listen.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Alright! 4/5

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Was Alright, Kind of Boring

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Good album. Acted more as background noise for me than anything, though. Some songs stood out and made me take notice but it feels like a rainy day album, which worked for me today.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Enjoyed this more than I thought. A lot of the songs sound kind of the same and not all of them were super interesting, but there were some good ones and I appreciated the generally upbeat songs.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Jingle jangle city, but it all goes down smooth.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

Great debut album, although the sound is a bit muddled. I prefer some of their crisper-sounding albums from their middle years, like Green and Automatic for the People, but this is still great. 4 stars.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Not a fan of the singer, but some nice jazzy moments

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Really good, I enjoyed it a lot.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Right out of the gate this album is more fun and more well-crafted than yesterday's. It's worth noting since both are debut albums! REM has already solidified much about what makes their sound unique by the time they got into the studio the first time. I dig R.E.M.'s vibe at all times. Even though none of the songs on this album became hits, it's still nice to listen to. This probably doesn't deserve a 4, but I've got to give it higher than Teenage Fanclub.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Everything I love! Melodies, harmonies, dance foot tapping drumming, and cool guitar sounds. Something about them is so alternative yet exactly traditional old school rock n roll. And in 1980 too! True pioneers for the 90s.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

An excellent sound, still not quite pushing 5 for a real sense of sameness which becomes all the more pervasive in the gloomy sound this album creates.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

The songs are well-written and the melodies are catchy. It’s a bit mellower than I was expecting. Peter Buck’s understated guitar playing is great. I would compare him to Johnny Marr of the Smiths but the Smiths debut would get a higher mark from me because Morrisey is a better (bitter?haha) singer. Michael Stype’s voice and cryptic lyrics make give the album a moodier feel.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Was good, some great songs. But long time since i listened to it, some songs were a bit bland, not as good as I remembered it.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

One of the all time best debut LP's. They only get 4 stars because IMHO, R.E.M. released better albums later in their career.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Class! Big REM fan so this was highly anticipated. Been a while since I listened to this in full, but amazing early REM sound 👍

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

A 7/10 album, closer to 8

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Fris! Maar nu weer tijd voor een zangeres in dit mannenbolwerk!

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Fijn plaatje!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

I've missed a lot of REMs early stuff. Glad to have caught this.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

Good!! Some great songs here, will listen more

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Great. Hadn't heard this in many years.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

I don't think I ever had this album but know many of the songs. The guitar playing is a highlight as lots of intricate picking is incorporated into the rhythm. I recall an article saying they were one of the first bands that had a major label secured for their debut album but still managed to tell the suits to go fuck themselves when it came to their sound. There are some gems in this album. Quite the debut.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Saved Prior: Radio Free Europe Saved Off Rip: Laughing, Moral Kiosk, Perfect Circle, Sitting Still, Shaking Through Cutting Edge: Catapult, We Walk Overall Notes: My biggest gripe with R.E.M. has always been that they sound like everyone else, and even though I know that they influenced all those other bands that doesn't change the fact that I liked some of those songs better. This album went pretty far in showing me that R.E.M. still have merit. Really really good record, and though they all sounded kinda similar I was tempted to give this album a 5. Gave it a 4 because nothing knocked me off my feet (other than Radio Free Europe which has quickly become my favorite R.E.M. song) but I get R.E.M. now.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Really liked the sound of this album, very cryptic and fits the feel of the cover. Flipped between a 3 and a 4 but ultimately think I enjoyed this more than a lot of my other 3's Saved: Radio Free Europe, Sitting Still, Shaking Through

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Tue May 25 2021
4

This album was really easy to listen. Nothing fancy or any particular song stands out, but as a whole it's really pleasant.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

I definitely liked it, but it isn’t my favorite I’ve heard from REM. Fantastic atmosphere though!

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Снова альбом с жёсткого диска. Вроде бы просто, а вроде и не очень. Мне в целом нравится звучание, эстетика альбома. Она подразумевает, что в ней может быть создано нечто охуенное. Но вот самого охуенного будто не довезли. Talk About The Passion, Perfect Circle, Sitting Still и Shaking Through могу назвать внятными балдёжными треками. Остальное напоминает какой-то саундтрек к подростковой комедийной мелодраме. Которую я мб не без удовольствия посмотрел бы, но которая не оставила бы явного следа в моём сознании. Тот случай, когда не хватает десятибаллочки, было бы 7. А тут гадай. Пока антресоли разгребал, раз 10 с тян прослушали, вроде сильно воротить не стало. Значит, неплохое музло. Четыре всё же ляпну.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

It's a good listen

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Yet another im familiar with, full of rly fun bangers, i specifically like catapult, laughing and radio free europe. Gotta listen to this more, its rly solid and i dont appreciate it enough

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Classic album with folk rock/alt sound.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

i have a fondness for REM and i think a lot of indie bands owe a huge debt to this album in particular. i guess i do take after my mama in some respects? radio free europe, laughing, sitting still, shaking through

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

gud

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Enjoyed. Proto-Grunge. So fun to sing along with.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

Honestly didn’t know REM was making music before document. Pretty decent early alternative.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Pretty relaxing, easy listen. Similar to The Hip.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

dope

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Slightly dull to listen to, but definitely good tunes, I can see why people love it. I don't feel like listening to this album again despite how nice it is, but that's just me.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

overall liked this quite a bit, though started feeling rather samey by the end

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Definitivno nešto odlično, u top 3 R.E.M. albuma, 80te gdje su oni rasturali. Imali 5 predobrih albuma zaredom, treba to moći. Album jako blizu petici. <3

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

A whole bunch of good songs. I didn't know the album, but I do enjoy other songs by the band. 0RS

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

чиловый прикольный альт-рок, облегченный радиохед, интересно

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

I know all the REM hits, but have never listened to a whole album, especially their debut. This was good and I’ve always liked their sound. It would have been nice to have at least one solid single on it. I see they have 4 albums in the list, so we’ll see if one of them makes it to a 5. 3.6

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Pretty solid debut album

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

I hadn't heard any of these songs before, and this album seemed a little boring upon first listen. However, it really grew on me as I gave it a couple more chances w/ headphones.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Tykkäsin yllättävän paljon ollakseen R.E.M.iä. Jotenkin se laulajan ääni on vähän ärsyttävä. Ehkä tykkääminen johtui siitä, että tällä levyllä ei ollut niitä kaikkein kuluneimpia hittejä, vaan semmoista mukavaa perusrokkia. Positiivisen puolelle kuitenkin meni, niin tarjotaan nelosta.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

As always, R.E.M. is simply a good band. This debut sounds like they were still looking for their trademark sound at the time, despite already showing a lot of sophistication. I enjoyed the album, but it lacked standout songs for me or tracks that really grabbed my attention. The songs were a bit too samey.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

This wasn't as bad as I expected, it had some interesting songs and was more rocky than whiney

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

I never listened to their first album but it sounds pretty cool.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Some really good moments, excellent catchy choruses and great jangly guitar. No getting away from that classic REM sound I personally don’t really like but it has some thoroughly enjoyable moments. Laughing and 9-9 particularly caught my attention 4/5 - good album, but not quite my jam.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

The more I listened the more I enjoyed. Easy to see how others were inspired by this album.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Radio Free Europe sets the bar high for the rest of the album...Catapult brought my attention back to the album after things slowed down a bit

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Quite a good indie/alt debut album from REM. I can understand why at the time it would have been very out there with such a new sound and lyric style. In 1983 I don't really think anyone had a sound like REM and that is part of the reason they're a mainstay in the music industry. Best: Radio Free Europe Worst: We Walk Note: Spotify had the Deluxe reissue version of the album. Only listened to the songs on the original album.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Some goooood songs

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

I'm familiar with this album, 2nd favourite R.E.M. album to Automatic For The People. Always good to revisit.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

I was already familiar with R.E.M. by 1988, if not earlier. I eventually went back for Murmur and their other earlier albums, and I followed R.E.M's subsequent releases until 2001 I've seen R.E.M. in concert, and I own this album. It's been a while since I have listened to Murmur, but that may just be because of a limited number of CD players on hand. This is an album I regularly recommend to others. "Talk about the Passion", "Sitting Still", and "Catapult" are tracks I will most likely listen to again, but I can easily listen to the album as a whole.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

By far, the best REM album (and probably the only really good one). Nice balance of Michael Stipe's voice and the jangly guitars. 7-8/10

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

My mate Paul once sold me his mum's used dildo for a fiver. It certainly gave me rapid eye movement.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

never actually realised REM were anything other than stadium sized shiny happy people crap. decent album.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

8/10

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Interesting to listen to.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

This band started its career with the right foot. I had listened to this record before this challenge, but had forgotten the jewels in it. “Perfect Circle” is a magical experience, “Pilgrimage” is astonishing, and what to say about “sitting still”? Love this!!

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

8/10. As an album, I think I liked this a little more than Document even though there weren't as many stand-out favorites on here

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

7/10. Pretty good but so many of the songs sounded similar

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Great album. Notice ska influence. Love to hear early REM

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Not bad much better than I was expecting. Not a huge rem fan.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Very nostalgic, has quite an emo vibe. Good overall album.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

:)

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Enjoyed this one.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

legendary Sports Basemenet background music

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

A great opening debut for REM. Classic college radio album.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

A helluva debut album that set the course of college radio everywhere. Strange considering I hear songs about speaking in tongues, martyrdom, and a meditation on the challenges in carrying one’s Cross. Sure, let’s talk about the Passion, but let’s live it, too, in our own little ways! After all, we’re not required to carry the weight of the world, just what’s been given to us to bear.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

REM is obviously iconic. This album was really good, and interestingly it felt more understated and consistent than their other ones. There were no standout tracks like their big singles later on, but that kind of made the album as a whole more listenable.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

4.5

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

I was surprised by how good this is. Great guitar work

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Irgendwas zwischen 3 und 4, aber eher 4.

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

This was good

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

Little bit samey but Radio Free Europe is excellent. Will give this more listens

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Sat Apr 02 2022
4

A well loved REM album and much to enjoy here. I’m sure the REM heads will say this is their best album but for us casuals they really improved in scope and ambition. This record feels quiet and gentle and jangly and mellow and comforting but not emotional and thrilling as they would become. Radio Free Europe through to Talk About the Passion is a great sequence to open an album.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

Muy buen álbum

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

Love their sound. Sometimes it’s too much of te same for me. But overall a pleasant album to listen to. Favourite songs: - Radio free Europe - Perfect circle - We walk

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

I only really know the hits from this band ( everybody hurts, shiny happy people and losing my religion) so this will be interesting: Radio free Europe is good it the verses have strong lyrics and the chorus is memorable, it makes sense as the album’s opener as it sets up the sonic landscape of the album well. Pilgrimage is more interesting the verses are quite cool with the older sounding drums in the back. I like they choose a slower song off of radio free Europe. Laughing is alright but it’s much more boring then the first two and the structure is much more straightforward. Talk about the passion definitely has my favourite guitar riff so far and is a great single it has a repetitive chorus but it doesn’t effect the song heavily and I like how it just breaks off singing french. I like the overlapping vocals on the chorus of moral kiosk the guitars are also great ( maybe beating talk about the passion) could be a personal favourite. Perfect circle is great for closing the first half of the record, its a much slower song ( and this is in a not very fast album) the lyrics are good as well and the fade out works nicely at the end. Catapult is musically great at reopening the album for side 2 but the chorus is way too simple and repetitive. Sitting still has a great chorus and good lyrics but the fact that only 2 lines only ever change through the song makes it quite repetitive throughout but the song is quite instrumentally led so i’am still fond of this one. 9-9 might be my new personal favourite of mine everything from the speaking at the start to the guitars, the simple but effective lyrics and that inaudible bridge make this a great. Shaking through is really brought together by the piano in the background but I don’t think its one of the best especially compared to what we’ve had but the instrumental at the end was a good surprise. We walk is a very eh song by far the worst on here it’s so dull! West of the fields does share the repetitive chorus problem of catapult but it’s still really nice it’s one of those closers that could really go anywhere on the tracklist but it still works nicely. Wow, I liked this one a lot! Fine there is a bad song in we walk but if that song wasn’t there I would honestly consider giving it a 5. I said the repetitive choruses were a bad thing but it’s only a minor criticism.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Ended up enjoying this more than Document overall. Maybe the highs aren't as high (hard to beat End of the World) but the overall album is solid and listenable across.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Niet de grote hits, wel goeie muziek.

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Wed May 04 2022
4

it transcends vibes so much i cannot decipher what the fuck i just heard. think i liked it?

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Fri May 06 2022
4

So influential. A massive impact on college rock/alt-rock.

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Sat May 14 2022
4

Has some character

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Sat May 14 2022
4

Can't imagine why I've never listened to this before, I guess I got into the band on their second release and just never got round to chasing this up. Great album.

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Tue May 24 2022
4

Classic R.E.M.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Catapult, We walk, West of the fields

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Green and Out of Time were iconic albums of my youth with iconic songs. I bought the latter on CD when it came out. As a fan of R.E.M., it was such a great experience to go back and listen to their beginnings. I didn't find any iconic songs standing out here, discovered or undiscovered, but there were 44 minutes of a really special sound, with truly, as was apparently intended, a timeless feel. It was quite exciting to listen to this grand beginning of an amazing group.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

Pretty great album, that has aged well. Like many people, this wasn't my entry point for REM, which was prob Automatic for the People or Monster, by which point the songs we catchier, but there's something here that cuts a bit deeper and makes me want to spend more time with Murmur.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Turns out they were fucking great straight out of the gate, hey?

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

Some nice and somewhat melancholic 'alternative' rock, the lead singer's vocals are quite captivating: I particularly like the circle-song, likely because it struck a melancholic vibe in me.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

REM wiggles it’s way into my heart yet again. This is ALMOST as good as Document: Murmur is just missing a second iconic song. 4.75 stars!

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Sounds very ahead of it’s time and 90s for the early 80s. definitely hugely influential on alternative scene. Easy listen but hard to properly get into it. 4/5

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Good

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Hughlights: Moral Kiosk, Perfect Circle

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Perfect debut for R.E.M. It really set the template for all the work to follow. Left of the mainstream jangle pop with a lot a heart and even more sensibilities

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Bass-y, depressing pop rock sound

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Could be convincingly from any decade since the 1960s.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

So I've never explored REM's back catalogue, and what a joy it is. No massive hits, but a unique sound. Special shout out to Laughing and We Walk .

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

This is a good album and has a lot of good things going on, I am just not in the right headspace to take it in. 9-9 is a great song. This album was good, so i will throw a 4 on it so i can revisit it.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Not my favorite R.E.M. but it's still hella good. This is Stipe's most primitive songwriting which means that it's so cryptic that it's nearly unintelligible. You can tell that HE knows what he's talking about at least. But the band member who really stands out here is Mike Mills whose basslines are utterly amazing. They carry every one of these songs on their back with ease and grace. He is a beast of a musician and proved it on this debut album. Here's what makes this album notable, though: when viewed in historical context, "Murmur" is a decade ahead of its time. You could play this next to albums released '93 or '95 and it would feel at home. But it's not a 90s album. It's early-mid 80s - right at the cutting edge of the post-punk alt/grunge movement. I love that R.E.M. released an album in '83 that had ZERO new-wave, fake-drum, synth bullshit. It's so delightfully different from its 80s contemporaries.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
4

Never listened to much R.E.M. but am fully aware of their influence, and I can hear other bands sounds all over this record, clearly very important to formative year old budding musicians. R.E.M. doesn't do much for me though. Pleasant enough for sure.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

R.E.M. est un groupe très sympathique. Je vais maintenant vous dévoiler une anecdote assez cocasse. Alors que j'étais en entretien d'embauche la semaine dernière, se produisit l'échange suivant : « — Maîtrisez-vous l'outil Microsoft Excel ? — Oui. — Pour quel genre de documents en avez-vous fait usage ? — Principalement des générateurs pirates. — Pardon ? — Des générateurs pirates. — Vous pouvez m'en dire plus ? — Non parce que sinon Robert va envoyer sa milice me trouver, ça s'est déjà produit après l'épisode du karaoké quand je me suis enfui avec une gondole. — Je ne saisis pas bien ce que vous êtes en train de me raconter. — Croyez-moi, ça vaut mieux comme ça. — … — Restez en dehors de tout ça. — … très bien. — Chuis pris ou pas ? — Nous vous rappellerons. » Croyez-le ou non mais j'obtins le poste.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

More fun than I anticipated

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

This is Good Music. I owned Document and Green, but never any of their older albums, and by time Losing My Religion came out I really soured on REM. But I'm at point where I'm a sucker for up tempo but mellow sounds, and combined with the lyrics it's just a great listen. Tempted to give it a 5, but can't give a 5 for my first album, right?

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Very good album with a lot of "happy" vibes despite some of the lyrics being less so. Musically an amazingly simple but complex with precise notation on all the instruments including voice.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Un dels millors discos de college rock. Que en ple post-pospunk i en els primers moments dels new romantics fossin capaços de fer un disc tan original i ple de bons moments com aquest és molt meritori. No és l'obra mestra que molts volen veure... però s'hi acosta molt

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Loved this one. Very upbeat, interesting all the way through. Liked the background vocals.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Pretty good. Never heard it before. Can definitely hear the influence it had on Radiohead.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

This was a great listen. I got to know REM in the early 90's, and have followed them ever since, but never really gotten into Murmer. Glad I did a couple of listens, because it definitely is a grower of an album. Great debut album from a great band

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Bra

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