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Murmur (album) by R.E.M. 

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Murmur
Murmur by R.E.M. (1983)
Overall rank: 143rd   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,027 votes)
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Accolades: Best album of 1983 (1st)
Top 20 albums of the 1980s (18th)
Top 200 albums of all time (143rd)

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R.E.M. bestography

Murmur is ranked 2nd best out of 32 albums by R.E.M. on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by R.E.M. is Automatic For The People which is ranked number 57 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 37,146.

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Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,027 votes)
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90/100
From antaiospiano 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 jdenny2018 05/17/2018 22:17
REM hits the ground running with a fantastic debut
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80/100
From Meowtopia 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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80/100
From hereforashortime 03/06/2018 18:48
It's great, but slightly overrated.
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100/100
From PaperVinnie 01/22/2018 04:36
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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From planetneutral 01/07/2018 20:12
I've had this CD for over 20 years now. Wow. Love it still.
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75/100
From Brad1770 01/02/2018 03:46
Being an R.E.M fan I'm not as enamored with Murmur as much as many others who widely rate this album as one of the best debuts ever. The problem I have with Murmur is its inconsistency . Lets start with the excellent, "Radio Free Europe " / "Pilgrimage" / "Perfect Circle" & "Shaking Through" all are great . From here its patchy: "Laughing" , "Catapult" & "9-9" I don't like at all and always skip past whilst the remaining tracks are no more than OK . The really good songs save this album IMO & I struggle to understand why people rave about this album.
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From NowhereMan 12/19/2017 09:12
Their best. More consistent than Automatic For The People.
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From flamingyesdept 09/06/2017 19:25
Definitely REM's best. Brilliant song after brilliant song, with timeless and atmospheric production
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From Nobodyisemo 07/17/2017 04:58
This is an album that gets more impressive with each listen, an uncommon feat. I hated it the first time. Then I begrudgingly listened again. Now, a few years later I had these patchy memories of all of these songs. And the thing is I loved the ideas of the songs that I had, so I listen again, and like it was my own old memory, it all comes back and it all really happened.
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