Murmur (studio album) by R.E.M.

Murmur by R.E.M.
Year: 1983
Overall rank: 151st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,285 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1983 (1st)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1980s (20th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (151st)
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R.E.M. bestography

Murmur is ranked 2nd best out of 35 albums by R.E.M. on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by R.E.M. is Automatic For The People which is ranked number 53 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 22,162.

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Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,285 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.0/100, a mean average of 82.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.4.

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80/100
From 01/26/2022 12:06
This album pisses me off, I should be great but is not. The overall sameness of the tracks makes this a dull listen.
Definite highlights are missing. Very listenable, generally most of the songs fade to big nowhere
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35/100
From 01/15/2022 10:30
I don't rate this as highly as their 90s work. The album is pleasant but most of the tracks are very forgettable. Perfect Circle is excellent and is easily in my top 5 REM songs, Sitting Still is also nice, but the rest are nothing special.
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85/100
From 01/03/2022 16:45
strong throughout nice variant on classic rock sounds
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From 11/21/2021 18:57
Buen disco de REM.
Quizá un poco exagerado que sea el mejor disco de 1983.
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From 11/17/2021 20:01
TBC…

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Side one

"Radio Free Europe" – 77
"Pilgrimage" – 77
"Laughing" – 75
"Talk About the Passion" – 74
"Moral Kiosk" – 76
"Perfect Circle" –

Side two

"Catapult" –
"Sitting Still" –
"9–9" –
"Shaking Through" –
"We Walk" –
"West of the Fields" -
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85/100
From 11/05/2021 22:43
I still remember exactly where I was the first time I heard this album. Haunting vocals, even if I generally don’t have a clue what Stipe is saying.

REM is an interesting band because they always sound like themselves but they also reflect the era in which the album was released. Definitely a strain of early 80s New Wave tossed in with the REM DNA.

It’s hard to imagine writing a song as good as Perfect Circle this early in a band’s career.

You can definitely tell the musicians haven’t fully matured into what they would become, which might be the only downside to this record.
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75/100
From 08/19/2021 12:55
Not a bad album, but not one of their best. The high rank in 1983 is caused by a lack of good albums in the early 80s
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80/100
From 03/12/2021 21:41
Quantos álbum seguram esse? Pilar do altrock.
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55/100
From 12/22/2020 18:02
One of those classics I most likely never will get. Its sound is gentle to the ears, quite catchy, but I forget all about it as soon as the music stops.
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90/100
From 08/31/2020 11:38
Fav. Tracks: Radio Free Europe, Pilgrimage, Laughing, Talk About The Passion, Perfect Circle, We Walk.
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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. Synchronicity by The Police
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