Murmur (album) by R.E.M.

Murmur
Murmur by R.E.M.
Year: 1983
Overall rank: 143rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,167 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1983 (1st)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1980s (18th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (143rd)
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R.E.M. bestography

Murmur is ranked 2nd best out of 34 albums by R.E.M. on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by R.E.M. is Automatic For The People which is ranked number 58 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 23,849.

R.E.M. album bestography « Higher ranked (58th) This album (143rd) Lower ranked (395th) »
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Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,167 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 82.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 83.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.7.

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From 04/12/2020 08:34
I don't think this is the best of 1983, even though I did enjoy it quite a bit. Radio Free Europe and Moral Kiosk were the only songs that really jumped out at me.
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From 02/20/2020 06:02
A fun and crisp sounding album. It does seem boring at first listen but it might click after a couple listens, and it is sophisticated while still seeming simple. That being said, I still feel like it’s influence, like nirvanas nevermind, outweighs its actual musical quality. The only song that really had an effect on me was Moral Kiosk, everything else I can admire and enjoy, but it all blends together as one long chorus honestly. I also find Michael Stipes vocals leaving much to be desired, at least on this particular album. But it is a problem I have with all of REM’e music. He just stays singing in the same key and style for the whole album with hardly any variation, it feels monotonous after a while, like he is phoning in, but maybe that’s what he was going for, I couldn’t tell you. For a debut, it’s still pretty damn Impressive, if just a little overrated in my humble opinion. I have read many people’s comments saying that it became their favorite album but only after several listens, but if you ask me , if it takes more than 3 listens for you to like an album, than it’s probably just the placebo effect taking place.
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From 06/24/2019 15:41
Really good album. Favorites: Radio Free Europe, Moral Kiosk.
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From 05/15/2019 02:25
Highlights:

Laughing
Talk About The Passion
Radio Free Europe
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From 05/11/2019 17:39
the good REM album!
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From 11/06/2018 06:07
So, when I first visited this years ago, I was bored by it. The second time, a few years ago, I thought it was pleasant but unremarkable. Listening to it twice this evening, after an R.E.M. kick--because I'm forcing myself to give this band a chance--it really, really landed. I mean, what a hell of a debut. To come out THIS fully formed, that's a miracle.
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From 09/03/2018 12:33
Happy, catchy and about nothing. The music stands central in this album and I can appreciate that. The jangly guitar riffs (or rather arpeggios) give a positive vibe to the music that was unheard of in post-punk up until then.
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From 05/17/2018 22:17
REM hits the ground running with a fantastic debut
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From 04/13/2018 00:31
This is a fantastic album. While not as emotionally impacting as Automatic, the production and consistency of this album is mind blowing.
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Best Albums of 1983
1. Murmur by R.E.M.
2. Violent Femmes by Violent Femmes
3. Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order
4. War by U2
5. Synchronicity by The Police
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