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Murmur

R.E.M.

1983

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Murmur

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3.41

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

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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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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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5

They knew what they needed to sound like.

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5

Great album! Very nice rhythms. Good for vibing

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5

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

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5

Mi primer disco de R.E.M.

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5

worth to relisten

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5

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

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5

Great

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5

Excellent album. A delight to be reacquainted with it.

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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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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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5

One of those few perfect albuns.

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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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5

Awesome listen

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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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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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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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5

Great!

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5

Algjör dásemd.

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5

Classic!

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5

Outstanding first album!

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5

I enjoyed it.

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5

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

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5

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

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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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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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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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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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5

Very pleasant

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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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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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5

It is still an incredible listen after all these years!

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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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5

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

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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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5

R.E.M. 5*

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5

Yes, very good album.

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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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4

En fantastisk debut!

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4

This is some dad rock. But good.

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4

really good!

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4

really excellent

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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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4

doesnt have any of their hits, still great

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4

Interesting instrumental and a pleasant voice

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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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4

decent . will listen again , but not intentionally

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4

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

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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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4

Not for my tastes exactly but it's good

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4

I enjoyed this album

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4

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

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4

Alright! 4/5

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4

Was Alright, Kind of Boring

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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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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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4

Jingle jangle city, but it all goes down smooth.

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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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4

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

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4

Really good, I enjoyed it a lot.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4

A 7/10 album, closer to 8

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4

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

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4

Fijn plaatje!

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4

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

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4

Good!! Some great songs here, will listen more

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4

Great. Hadn't heard this in many years.

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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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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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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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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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4

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

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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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4

It's a good listen

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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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4

Classic album with folk rock/alt sound.

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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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4

gud

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4

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

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4

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

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4

dope

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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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4

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

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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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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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4

чиловый прикольный альт-рок, облегченный радиохед, интересно

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4

I liked it, a less obvious recommendation than expected

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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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4

Pretty solid debut album

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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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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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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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4

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

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4

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

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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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4

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

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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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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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4

Some goooood songs

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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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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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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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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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4

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

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4

8/10

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4

Interesting to listen to.

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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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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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4

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

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4

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

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4

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

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4

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

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4

:)

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4

Enjoyed this one.

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4

legendary Sports Basemenet background music

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4

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

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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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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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4.5

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

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4

Irgendwas zwischen 3 und 4, aber eher 4.

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4

This was good

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4

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

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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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4

Muy buen álbum

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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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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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Niet de grote hits, wel goeie muziek.

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

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

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Has some character

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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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Classic R.E.M.

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Closer to a 3.5

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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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Kivaa rokkia

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ganska bra. catapult är den bästa tror jag. men älskar inte hans röst och alla låtar låter lite för lika varandra.

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Good album from a good group but they have better songs and albums

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Music was well done, but not my thing.

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Radio Free Europe: The mix is sorta weird in a way in which I can't really pay attention to the lyrics because of everything else that's going on even though they are audible. I really like how the bass is audible, it really adds a lot to the song. It sorta reminds me of going along on a train almost. Overall, the song was kinda just background music, I couldn't really pay attention to it or it didn't really hold it as long as I thought it would. 6.5/10 Pilgrimage: This song is already a lot more interesting to me. The guitar work in this song is pretty good, as well as the drum work. This song sorta gives off a vibe of being in a cave I guess? I can't really put my finger on it, but I like it. I think the repetition of the lyrics really works with this one just because of the different interesting elements in the song. 8/10 Laughing: This is a very indie sounding song, and I am honestly not very interested by it. It's just sort of boring in a way, there's not really anything interesting going on, or anything that's really standing out. The vocals are especially weird in this one, it just sound whiny almost in this one, the vocalist sounds like he's mumbling throughout the song, like he wasn't really interested in singing the song. 5/10 Talk About The Passion: This is another boring song where the singer sounds very uninterested (which I'm starting to think that's just his style which I don't really like). This one is a little bit better though, I dig the guitar quite a bit more than in Laughing. There's not really much to say about this one other than I liked it slightly more than Laughing. 6/10 Moral Kiosk: This song bops, I'm digging it quite a bit. The guitar is very cool in this one, as well as the drums that have perfectly timed fills which I appreciate. I think the lead singer's voice fits this song a lot more than the other songs, I can't quite figure out why, but it does. 7.5/10 Perfect Circle: This one already stands out a lot more than the previous songs on the album because of the honky-tonk-like piano which I enjoy. The mixing on the drums is really weird in this song, the hi-hat is in my right ear and it is really stange to me and it's almost distracting. I really like the bass in this song as well, it's played very well and it works with the song very well. As with all the songs on the album, the chorus is just repeating the same thing, which is getting very boring. 7.5/10 Catapult: This is another one of the boring songs with mumbley lyrics. This one feels incredibly uninspired as well, maybe even more than Laughing. I really don't have anything for this song. I suppose the guitar is pretty good. 5/10 Sitting Still: This one mixes it up a little by not having the chorus be a repetition of the same word over and over, which I like. 7/10 9-9: This one is already interesting at the start with the crazy guitar riff and the talking in the right channel. This one feels like it has more energy in it than the other songs by a lot. It's definitely an enjoyable song, and it has a lot of character to it, the lead singer makes it sound like every other song on the album though, which is kind of annoying. This one is probably my favorite so far though. 8.5/10 Shaking Through: This song is, once again, just okay. It pretty much just sounds like every other song on the album. Once again, this song really doesn't have much to talk about. The song has a very interesting ending, with the choice of fading out, and then going back in. 6.5/10 We Walk: This song has a bit of a jumpy feel to it, which I think is pretty cool, and sounds good with the lead singer's voice. This is definitely the most creative song on the album, so far. This song makes me feel like I'm walking through a forest with a dog. I like it. 8.5/10 West Of The Fields: This is another one of those boring songs, which is really disappointing for the closing track on the album. It just sounds like all the other songs that are like this on the album. 6/10 CONCLUSION This is a very underwhelming album. Most of the songs on the album sound basically the same, with the monotone, bored, tired sounding vocalist. The mix on all the songs are basically the same too, which drown out the vocals anyway because of how much reverb was put on the vocals. The guitars are boring, which are just arpeggiating chords, pretty much. And the writing to all the songs sounds like they were all written by the same person on the same day because of the repeating chorus and the references to random philosophers and Greek locations which just make it sound like they were trying to be quirky. Overall, this album was uninspired and I didn't enjoy it much. Favorite Song: We Walk Least Favorite: Laughing Overall Rating: 6/10

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Kinda put this one on in the background. Definitely REM but before they were a super big deal so some of the songs sound a little different, not so monotonous as their later output

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It’s ok. Not a big fan

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A great display of music setting R.E.M. up for their next work however I found it a little lacking in depth.

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clæssic

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Great college-years REM.

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Not my favourite R.E.M. album but still quite enjoyable. Vocals are sometimes more mumbly than I'd like them to be but otherwise the sound is nice. 2nd listen was better than the 1st. Highlights: Moral Kiosk, Perfect Circle and Sitting Still.

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REM is one of those bands that figured very prominently in my daily playlists for many years (starting with an LP of Life's Rich Pageant owned by my brother, a situation that will no doubt become a common refrain in this project). And then I just stopped picking up the new stuff and really stopped listening to them at all.

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Laughing has great opening bass line, but gets rather repetitive with lyrics near the end. Sitting Still probably the weakest from the album. Early REM is decent and clearly shows its roots for what it will be, but I do think this is weaker than some of their albums to come.

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Average REM album

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Better than I thought it would be and not what I expected from this band, but still the same kind of bullshit

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Está chido pero enfada pronto.

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Está muy cabrón que escuchas las rolas de este disco y escuchas la base de todos los éxitos de rem del futuro. 3.99, cerquitita del 5.

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Another perfectly pleasant album

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I thought it was only okay. I'm a sort of fan of REM but hadn't really listened to this album, preferring their rare high-energy efforts. There were a few songs I enjoyed but the album soon descends into the kind of mellow rock that I enjoy less.

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Cool rock, nice range of musical style 3.5

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Warum wählt man ein Album ohne Hit von einer Band mit Hits? Keine weiteren Fragen.

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3 - ja macht doch euer zeug

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Empezó bien pero luego algo pasó que no se que

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It's fine.

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Bueno. Pop after punk (por llamarlo de alguna forma) de los 80. NO es lo mejor de REM, pero tiene un pase

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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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Primera escolta del debut dels REM. En el context dels 80 s'entén la novetat de la seva proposta sonora. Una espècie de deconstrucció del rock (sense solos, sense veus rasgades, introspectiu...) amenitzada per unes lletres críptiques i una veu molt especial. "Murmur" és un gran títol per a ell, sense dubte. Una aposta que sorprenentment els va sortir bé i va significar el tret de sortida d'una carrera de 15 àlbums, alguns incontestables. M'ha semblat un disc interessant, amè, potser mancat de temes més efetius, però amb un nivell notable en general. Un jangle pop de manual, molt inspirat pels The Byrds que influenciarien a vàries bandes de la fornada dels 80. Les guitarres especialment m'han agradat molt.

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Very decent!

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R.E.M. hab ich erst kennengelernt, da waren die schon Superstars. Nette Band, "Losing My Religion" lief schon auf irgendwelchen Klassenfeten und fiel nicht durch; Shiny Happy People auch ein schöner Hit. Aber sonst: haben mich nicht interessiert, waren immer zu unscheinbar und unaufregend. Bei der Recherche zu Murmur dann wieder gemerkt, dass die ja eigentlich aus dem Underground kamen, ausgestattet mit der entsprechenden Credibility und so und fast ja schon sowas wie die amerikanischen U2 sind, nur mit einem etwas weniger bescheuerten Sänger. Naja, egal. Schön das alles zu lernen, bewundernswert wie reif schon die erste Platte klingt. Aber auch die in meinen Ohren: alles andere als revolutionär. Eher wie immer schon da gewesen und gut abgehangen. Also im Grund genau das, was sie für mich immer schon waren: wahnsinnig unspektakulär, aber schön anzuhören. Dafür gern: 3,2 Punkte.

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5

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My least favourite of the early REM albums lose the last two for Gardening at Night and Carnival of Sorts.

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"Laocoön and her two sons Pressured storm, tried to move No other more emotion bound Martyred, misconstrued" (Laughing) "Not everyone can carry the weight of the world" (Talk about the passion) Nada de lo que diga será justo porque llevo encima como tres horas de sueño y lo odio todo. Me lo tendré que volver a escuchar.

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Average REM

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I know its the start of REM but it sounds like everything by REM that I've ever heard. Not bad, perhaps unfair to judge on their later work.

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Promising start, but they get better

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Not bad. Bit samey but like the low-fi mood. Clearly signs of the good things they did to come.

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Yeah, was fine. Not really much to be said.

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Groot bewonderaar van deze band, maar hun debuut dus nog nooit gehoord. Je kan in deze liedjes goed de sound al horen waar ze later zo succesvol mee waren. Mooie kennismaking, maar vind de albums later toch wel beter.

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Leuk hoor, REM! Kende dit album niet, maar eigenlijk zijn alle plaatje behoorlijk goed (en hetzelfde?)

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Not a fan but I enjoyed this album more than Automatic for the People. ***

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Really enjoyable without blowing me away but holds up today and will explore more - wanted to stretch to a four but couldn’t

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In a word, nice. Just not standout or memorable.

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Perfectly fine. Some good tracks on here, I didn’t dislike any of it. But this band generally really do nothing for me. I just can’t get excited by this album.

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pretty good

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I enjoyed this far more than I expected to. There are some catchy songs without there being any huge hits. It's nice to have on in the background and I'll definitely listen again.

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Окей, давайте поговорит об R.E.M. На мой взгляд Рем — одни из главных инди-дарлингов американской сцены, а любовь к этой группе — это едва ли не часть экзамена любого музыкального критика. я хз, есть ли в мейнстримном роке группа, которой сильнее восхищаются и рецензенты и слушатели. Почему так происходит (вернее происходило, ибо ныне группа уже не существует)? Отчасти из-за невероятно переоценённого жанра «adult alternative», который предполагал более «глубокие» и «чувственные» тексты и темы. Отчасти из-за культового статуса главной колледж-группы 80-х и наиласковейшего сарафанного радио. Отчасти из-за действительно отличных песен! Да, тут надо чётко обозначить, что Рем умеют писать отличные, великолепные треки. Даже оставляя за бортом попсовые Losing My Religion и Drive, мы всё равно имеем развесёлые Orange Crush и It's the End, задумчивые и меланхоличные Low и uBerlin, мечтательную Texarkana, гимноподобную Walk Unafraid и т.д. У них есть ПЕСНИ... Но вот АЛЬБОМОВ у них нет. К сожалению, мне всегда было сложно проникнуться творчеством Стайпа и Ко в полной мере, потому что при таком бешеном темпе выпуска альбомов и таком малом изменении музыкального курса невозможно плодить годноту в промышленных масштабах. R.E.M. для меня всегда были и остаются больше сингловой группой — и я это говорю как человек, который ненавидит слушать песни внеальбомно. Но честное слово — выдержать целую пластинку Ремов это та ещё мука. Почему-то при умении создавать завораживающую тёмную атмосферу и писать драматичные припевы они нередко клонятся в сторону какого-то юродивого цирка, либо всерьёз пытаются уморить меня скукой на своих унылейших пиано-балладах (привет Everybody Hurts). Какова ситуация с Мурмуром?.. На самом деле лучше, чем со многими другими, лол. При всей недоформированности их стиля на дебютнике, в той версии Ремов ещё чувствовалась студенческая лихость и тяга к экспериментам. Особенно вот эти вокальные переклички в Moral Kiosk — лучший момент альбома, без сомнения. Ранее я слушал этот альбом всего однажды, выделил для себя киоск и забил на всё остальное по причине серости и однообразности материала. Но теперь, при повторных прослушиваниях, ещё несколько треков подняли голову и заявили о себе: Radio Free Europe, 9-9, We Walk, West of the Fields. Это не великие песни, они даже рядом не стоят с лучшими хитами группы, но в них есть очень интересный задор, нестандартные мелодические ходы и более-менее отчётливая вокальная мелодия. Остальное же, к сожалению, слипается в один большой ком акустических гитар и невнятного мычания Стайпа (что, вообще-то фича, а не баг, если вспомнить название альбома). Оно не раздражает, но и не впечатляет особо, и, думается мне, находиться среди музыки, которую обязательно услышать перед смертью, не должно. Но всё же 6/10

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3/5

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Not really my style.

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Eh.

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Pleasant music, but nothing that really stood out to me.

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3.5

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REM fuckin rocks but I've never heard their debut before. It was an interesting listen, no obvious hits but you can hear the foundation of what would evolve into their signature sound.

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“What’s your favourite R.E.M. album?” is basically a personality test. People who say this one are also a Type 3, ISTP. I’m kidding obviously. This seems like it’s R.E.M. searching for what would become their distinct sound, but not quite there yet. A lot of interesting “what could have been” ideas floating around, but an underdeveloped sense of what they would be. Favourite track: “Moral Kiosk.

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I like REM, but this is not their best album

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pretty good 80s music

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-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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A bit average, good for casual background music

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Pretty good early REM album. Radio free Europe was definitely the high point.

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Not really listened to REM, dug this ok.

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Always liked REM but I find this a bit too depressing. Not their best album.

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takes a while to get going, i dont know this album release date, but get the feeling its one of their earlier ones, feeling a bit indifferent to this

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fine

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I actually didn't think I would like this when I was going into it. Mostly, I felt like it was going to be like listening to U2, a band I absolutely despise, but I really dig the presence of the instruments combined with the more subtle vocals. While the vocals are subtle, his voice is still very clear in the mix. Overall, it's kinda mid tier for me, but it wasn't grating to listen to. Highlights: 1, 2, and 4.

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It was a pretty good album; however, it lacks the "punchiness" of other albums during this year. I really liked the keyboard in the songs, but the other instruments were generally only okay. The singer's voice fits the music well. This album is something I would listen to in the background and not actively. Favorite track: We Walk

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Didn’t know they were doing this back in ‘83. Never been a super fan but nice enough in the background

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Nothing too bad but nothing too good either. "Radio Free Europe" was the only song I liked.

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Probably need a few more listens

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Upon first listen this didn't sound like anything special, and I wondered why it had been included in the list, but apparently it was massively influential when it came out? I guess the spangly guitar sound became so ubiquitous that this album now sounds a bit run of the mill? Fave track - "We Walk", I think, or maybe "Laughing"

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movimento rapído dos olhos

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I dig it

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Definitely sounds a full decade ahead of its time. I'd only heard the first song before, and it's probably the only one I'd come back to

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Meh

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Little more indie than their other stuff

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REM = Melancholie.

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I owned this album at one time. Perhaps selling it was an error.

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Really neat to listen to the DNA of alternative in this album but then I also immediately forgot all of the songs as soon as I was done. 3/5

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This was my first listen to this album it needs another one I think. It was ok, nothing on here made me go WOW on first play.

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R.E.M. are a band I’ve generally endured rather than enjoyed. ‘Murmur’ is generally a pretty up-beat sounding album compared to much of their output that I’m familiar with. It’s decent while it’s on, but it also doesn’t make me want to go and seek out more of their catalogue to listen to.

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I know very little about R.E.M. aside from a few hit singles. I think this record could grow on me over time, but right now it's not standing out too much. There are a handful of tracks I really enjoy, though. I can definitely hear the influence this had on early alternative rock.

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The sound of a band still finding it's feet. It's enjoyable enough but very much sounds like a band writing songs that were facsimilies of their influences. There was a lot better to come from R.E.M.

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Not bad, but easy to forget.

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Not much my cup of tea

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There are some really great songs on this - 'Moral Kiosk', 'Catapult' and '9-9' would be my favourites - and a fair amount I don't care for. As for the latter, I think I dislike those songs in thrall of, and built around, Michael Stipe's voice, which I find to be a rather grey and pallid thing. The penultimate track almost sounds like Gerry and the Pacemakers. Uneven but interesting.

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Not my favorite REM record, but it starts very strong and, at all times, it's very REM-y. A little jangly with a good beat. The song Moral Kiosk makes up for its name by being pretty fun. I like.

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Pas un mauvais album, mais c'est à se demander pourquoi cet album est inclus ici considérant qu'il y a des albums beaucoup plus marquants de REM.

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I like the sound - very 80s. Not a super memorable album but I liked it. Catapult was a good track.

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A lot has been said about how good early REM is - and I do agree, there is a lot of good work in their catalogue. But, this album actually disappoints on first listen. Yes, the opening track "Radio Free Europe" is a major standout, but to me, the rest feel weak by comparison. There doesn't seem much to meet the album start, and it dwindles into a mix of jangly indie pop. OK, so there is lot to like, and you can see the genesis of what they were to become, but needs more time, and perhaps the right time, to appreciate. 3* on first listen

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A good background album. No stand out songs for me. It's the first one I've listened to on 1001 though and I am not used to listening to albums in full yet, so maybe I'm too distracted to appreciate it today

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REM are legends of the music industry. However this was unfortunately not my favourite album by then. Still a solid album though.

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REM is right up there as one of my favourite bands, but as far as I'm concerned everything they did prior to Green was just a dress rehearsal for the greatness that followed.

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A gusto, tranquilón y pues igual pienso que podía morir sin escucharlo. Favs: "Laughing", "Catapult" y "Shaking Through". 7.5/10

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so so

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I'm a fan of Radio Free Europe. The rest of the album is alright.

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I wanna like R.E.M. more than I do, on paper it makes sense. But in execution I am bored, it's just so "there" for alt-rock.

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Not displeasing but not exciting either. Typical REM.

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Ok, now this is one I'm looking forward to. I like REM, Automatic For The People is brilliant (I wonder if that'll be on here at some point?). Just looking at the tracklist, I see songs I know I like. Ok, let's get this on! Track one. Strong start, I love it. I'm in a good mood here, this is going to be a joy. Raaaaaaadiiiiiiiiiio staaaatiooooon. Yes! Track two. Ok, this is a bit of a step down in tempo. Shame. Hang on, it's picking up for the chorus. Yes, this is good. Not one I'd heard before, I don't think. Track three. Another new one for me. Decent enough. Would not skip if it came on during a shuffled mix. Probably wouldn't hunt it out to put it on a playlist. Track four. Yeah, heard this before, obviously. Very good song. "Not everyone can carry the weight of the world". Michael already so wise. Love it. Track five. Another new one. "It's so much more attractive, inside the moral kiosk". I don't know what he's talking about, but I agree. I like this. Nice. Track six. This is the one that jumped out when I looked at the playlist. Excellent song. "A perfect circle of aquaintances and friends". That is poetry. Missy Elliott should have a look at this. Love the chorus. Beautiful song. Track seven. It'd take something special to match the last track, so this is a bit of a step down. But I like it. Easy to sing along to a one word chorus isn't it? Track eight. Sitting Still. Not what the tempo would suggest, sounds like we're going somewhere! "A waste of time sitting still". Indeed, gotta keep moving! Track nine. "Got a stripe, down his back" made me think of a skunk. "All nine yards" made me think of golf. Somehow that triggered the memory of Fairway Frank from Parks and Rec. I giggled. Enjoyed this song. Track ten. Another upbeat track. Shaaaaaaaaakiiiing thooooooough. REM are good at choruses aren't they? Nice piano on this too. Another solid track. Oooh, odd little way to end the track. Strange. Track eleven. "Take oasis, Marat's bathing". Apparently this is a reference to Jean-Paul Marat, who used to have a bath desk. He'd sit in the bath, writing. Nice work if you can get it! Track twelve. Not ending with a slow one either. These boys are relentless! "The antelopes are strange, trying to sicken me". Not sure Michael was fully sober when writing this. Again though, the chorus is catchy. Another one I wouldn't skip, but wouldn't search for. And that's it. I enjoyed that. It's not Automatic... but it's a solid debut. Good choice by the 1001... people, best album so far.

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Middle of the road, nothing special.

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This is where it started with REM. Great album

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Interesting to listen to their debut, and had not heard any of the tracks before. Vocals not quite as developed into Stipe’s signature weirdness. As punchy as rum. Rum not quite fully aged

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Another enjoyable 80s "indie rock" album. I like the strong intro bass lines and bass chords. Good to hear Stipe's less affected and nasally singing on these early REM songs. Good and catchy too. Not quite a 4, but close.

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Meh

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I'm not a big fan of alt rock. This album is a mixed bag. Some songs are nice enough, some are plain boring. Nothing really stands out. 2.5/5

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it's interesting. Definitely a detour from the music of the time. Not my favorite but it was ok.

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Ok

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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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Enjoyable alt rock. Some cool basslines in here. Nothing overly exciting to me but worked good as background work music.

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I didn't think much of this at all. It was ok. I did like 9-9 though. It sorta reminded me of Gang of Four or something like that w/ the scrape-y guitarwork.

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There's a bar I sometimes end up at named Mulligan's which has the slogan "The OK-est bar on Hawthorne"...this album is like that but for music. Nothing in here I either hated or loved, it was all ok.

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Much better than I was expecting, livlier than I thought REM are.

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2? Not a big fan of R.E.M. but it wasn't too repetitive 3 Man it does grow on you

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REM debut album. Charming American jangle indie pop/rock. Going against the 5 star critical acclaim here as its very inoffensive but unremarkable . Stipes voice is distinctive and the guitar and rhythm are fine but it seems a bit meh.

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CAn’t decide if this is chilled out listening or if it’s just a muffled mix where nothing really stands out.

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You can hear the seeds of what's to come on this album but it definitely feels like a band still searching for their sound to me. Enjoyable but a bit more forgettable than their later stuff.

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allt i lagi 2.5 stjörnur

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I have R.E.M.'s "Out of time" and "Automatic for the people" as two of the great albums I enjoyed when I was a teenager. I had not listened Murmur before. It is nice to find in this album some features that continued to be part of my favorites ones. 40 years later I found Murmur really "fresh" and shinny. And, making the imagination exercise of travelling back to 1983, it is disruptive album. A one that was giving to the world the clue of what a new musical era would be. However, I do not find any song that "touches" me, any emotional connection.

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I mean, of course I hear the very influencing sound and yes there are good moments but I will not be listening to this again anytime soon

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Lyrics are a strange attempt at cryptic poetry. Can make more sense out of Worstward Ho. Some nice tunes, can see how Radio Free Europe became a template for jangly alt-rock. I am struggling to see how Murmur makes its way into best-ever lists. Maybe the influence? Solid album but I just don't see the love affair.

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I just don't give a shit about REM.

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Boring. Voice miserable

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Not bad, but not something that would compel me to listen again. If one of those tunes came on the radio, I wouldn't be compelled to change the station, but I wouldn't be compelled to listen through either. Not a lot of compulsion here. 2 stars.

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Meh. Not my favorite. Not a huge R.E.M. fan to begin with. They definitely have a few songs I really like, but this album didn't have the feel of those.

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Didn't really know any of the songs on this album and nothing really stuck out. Classic REM sound. probably could be better albums for this list.

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I like REM but this wasn't my favourite of theirs.

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Boring! This had a grand total of ZERO bangers upon it. Only got two stars because Michael Stipe does has a good voice none the less.

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not what they're known for

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Own

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Langweilige Radio Musik... Catapult ist aber schon catchy und vibey. Aber sonst ist das alles ehr Mittel. Ich will irgendwie 2* geben, weil Ihr so gemein zu the Verve gewesen seid. --> 2*

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I didn't hate this album when I started. But I grew to hate how fucking boring it was. I give it a 2 as opposed to a 1 because the repetition on the last three tracks was nice to cook to.

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Grand, I'm sure they have better albums

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So iconically college music that it sounds like satire

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Not bad, but some songs lost my interest. 2 stars only as I have high hopes for the other albums on the list.

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Man, I just don't like REM. Never have. Moral Kiosk is fun. 9-9 is enjoyable. A lot of the songs sound the same to me. I think I hate Michael Stipe. He reminds me of a weird elementary school art teacher. His voice comes off as condescending. I would give this a 1, but I don't want Stipe to give me detention.

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It was fine. Had it on while I cooked dinner, only listened to a few tracks. Didn't feel much one way or the other.

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Nettes Indie Album aber eines von 1001 ?!? Gelächter! Ergo: „Laughing“ einziger Lichtblick 1.7

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Bit harsh perhaps but it wasn't as good as Automatic for the People so...

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Vanilla. I don't get R.E.M., soft soft rock. Nothing inspiring about it.

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well made, but not really my style

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A bit samey and not any stand out tracks makes this monatanous.

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Bit underwhelming tbh. Couple of decent tracks. 3/10

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The wiki on this album is a good read. Solid album, though not a go to for me.

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Neither nowt nor summat.

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

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Michael Stipe sounds older here than he is now. Snooze..

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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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not my cup a tea

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trash

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Least favourite R.E.M. album

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Listened to the whole album and could only tell the songs apart due to the youtube ads. Yes they had a good sound but can't imagine this being anyone's favourite album.

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I don't own this one and have never heard it.

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Eh

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It's not the cool opinion but I prefer the pop period REM to the indie period. Not my favourite of theirs

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2/5 nope

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Tyhjänpäiväistä rokkirallattelua, joka oli varsin puuduttavaa jopa REM:in tuotannoksi. Yleensä REM:in levyillä hittibiisit jaksavat pitää mielenkiinnon yllä edes hetkellisesti, mutta tältä levyltä nekin loistivat poissaolollaan. Kolmella kuuntelukerralla yksikään kappale ei jäänyt mieleen erityisen positiivisesti, joskaan ei myöskään negatiivisesti. Toistaiseksi listan heikoin REM-ehdokas, jonka 2,5 pyöristyy alaspäin.

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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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Only went through 3 songs. Snoozeville

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Bemerkenswert wie alle Songs sich wie Losing My Religion anhören

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Clever, but boring, and I really do not like his singing

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L'album est moyen selon mes goûts, ca ne bouge pas beaucoup et j'ai l'impression que le 45 minutes de l'abum est très long. aucune chanson ne m'a vraiment accroché et cela semblait du pareil au même. 2.50

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Just seemed very downbeat and dull to me.

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Toe tapping music, but pretty forgettable for me. Felt like I was forgetting the songs as I was listening to them.

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kind of meh for me

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Genre: Jangle Pop 2/5 Throughout the process of this 1001 Albums project, I've found that I absolutely love The Smiths. A lovely contemporary of the Jangle Pop era and a truly delightful continuation of the Beatles sound. Their American counterpart, R.E.M., does everything very similar to them, with similar structures and arrangements, but with absolutely none of the studio flair, none of the attitude, and nothing in terms of challenging the form. This album is surely a favorite amongst most whisper rock fans, but this album, aptly named Murmur, truly murmurs along. No sense of urgency, vocals from Stipes that I can't stand, and flat out boring execution of nearly every song here. It's all well-produced, and I'm sure at the time this sounded truly unique, but upon listening with fresh ears in 2022, this album flows like mush and doesn't sound much better.

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Murmur by R.E.M. (1983) Let’s be charitable and set the lyrics aside, given that (1) lyricist/lead vocalist Michael Stipe used the expression “complete babble” to describe some of his lyrics, (2) he mistakenly misgenders a mythical reference (Laocoön and “her” two sons on “Laughing”—I couldn’t stop), and (3) the sounds of the senseless syllables frequently are at odds with the musical mood and meter. Gibberish would be an improvement. While some have complimented R.E.M.’s lyrics with the term “indecipherable”, I would argue that there is no cipher in the first place. Words on this record are merely a device on which to hang the subpar lead singer’s voice. This album is all about the music, which is, well, okay. It’s mostly competent rock, with a tight rhythm section and inventive guitar composition, and including a few brief moments of really cool sound. In historical context, it was different, appealing to restless ears searching for options, but it was not quite different enough. Don’t get me wrong, rock is all about rebellion against the inherited verities. But rebellion without a projected aim fails as Revolution. The result is like invasive kudzu covering an abandoned railroad trestle, suitably depicted on the album cover art. If this is ‘alternative rock’, one might well ask, “Alternative to what? Ennui?” 2/5

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meh

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Fairly bland indie.

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Wasn't bad, but didn't feel like anything special. Most of the songs we good enough to leave on in the background but only a few actually had me invested enough to listen. Not sure if my opinion would change if I gave it another listen but for now it was very underwhelming.

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I'm just not a fan of REM. I can't actually believe this is the third album of theirs on here!

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REM are a boring band with two good songs and neither one is on this album. REM basically sound like Husker Du if you stripped out all the punk and vitality and just left aborted scrapings.

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Definitely not my favorite from R.E.M. Nothing really stood out.

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seeing REM live was like seeing an animatronic band live with how scripted it was.

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Forgettable - what was the point of listening to that.

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Boring AF, every song sounded the same. Outrageous I needed to listen to this before I die. Less REM ffs

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Der Track "Moral Kiosk" sehr programmatisch für das Album. Denn es scheint die Moral am Kiosk ausverkauft zu sein. Dieses Album hat keine Moral. Auch keine guten Tracks. Irgendwie wie der behinderte sabbernde Bruder von The Smiths. Einfach nur Müll, aber beliebter weil er besser drauf ist. 1* hab alles geskippt.

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Everything sounded like a 90s sitcom theme and I couldn't tell where one song ended and another began. Also, lyrics were incomprehensible.

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Boring

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Mooie hoes

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War zu seiner Zeit bestimmt Mal gut. Wenn ich heute dieses Album höre muss ich an alte weiße Männer denken, die in ihren SUVs und mit ihren 90er Jahre Arbeitsverträgen, sich denken heute höre ich mal was rockiges. Früher waren sie auch mal auf Demos und trugen lange Haare aus Protest, aber das ist lange her, was geblieben ist, ist der R.E.M. sound im Hintergrund. Dieser Sound läuft inmitten einer Weltweiten Pandemie und einer zunehmenden Klimakriese, doch darüber nachzudenken würde ja bedeuten man hätte etwas besser machen können. Jegliche Selbstreflexion verblasst wenn diese seicht melancholischen Klänge aus den Auto Lautsprechern klingt und man sich an eine bessere Zeit erinnern kann.

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couldn't even finish sorry! he has one of my least favorite voices ever and i also think the instrumentals didnt age very well at all. i always feel bad giving bad reviews but it's just my opinion!!! sorry mr REM

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It all sounds the same.

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Good

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The order of the songs is important. Listened to it 3 times in order and then hit shuffle - don’t hit shuffle.

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