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Murmur (album) by R.E.M.

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Murmur
Murmur by R.E.M. (1983)
Overall rank: 142nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 1,091 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 (142nd)

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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 37,982.

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Average Rating: 
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From Montpejo
Highlights:

Laughing
Talk About The Passion
Radio Free Europe
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the good REM album!
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This is my favorite album of all time. Everything about it is awesome. The music is atmospheric and ethereal, yet steady and down to earth. Ringing guitar arpeggios correspond with punching, throbbing bass lines, consistent drums and uplifted vocal harmonies. Michael Stipe mumbles incoherent nonsense, but it’s sung so perfectly that it immediately gets stuck in your head. The music is spiritual, elevated and beautiful, with bright melodies revealed on every track. I can't even describe how amazing this album is.

Best song: All of them! But overall, Pilgrimage is the best
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From HoldenM
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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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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REM hits the ground running with a fantastic debut
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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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It's great, but slightly overrated.
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On first listen this is a great album, its clearly revolutionary and inspired a lot of the music that came after it. Although I think this album holds together strongly, individually some songs aren't great; I think the style of this record is a much more impressive aspect than some of the individual songs on the 2nd side.

Also it kinda reminds me of the style of Boy by U2

Key Tracks: Radio Free Europe, Pilgrimage, Perfect Circle
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I've had this CD for over 20 years now. Wow. Love it still.
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