Murmur

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Leaving behind the garagey jangle pop of their first recordings, R.E.M. developed a strangely subdued variation of their trademark sound for their full-length debut album, Murmur. Heightening the enigmatic tendencies of Chronic Town by de-emphasizing the backbeat and accentuating the ambience of the ringing guitar, R.E.M. created a distinctive sound for the album -- one that sounds eerily timeless. Even though it is firmly in the tradition of American folk-rock, post-punk, and garage rock, Murmur sounds as if it appeared out of nowhere, without any ties to the past, present, or future. Part of the distinctiveness lies in the atmospheric production, which exudes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Leaving behind the garagey jangle pop of their first recordings, R.E.M. developed a strangely subdued variation of their trademark sound for their full-length debut album, Murmur. Heightening the enigmatic tendencies of Chronic Town by de-emphasizing the backbeat and accentuating the ambience of the ringing guitar, R.E.M. created a distinctive sound for the album -- one that sounds eerily timeless. Even though it is firmly in the tradition of American folk-rock, post-punk, and garage rock, Murmur sounds as if it appeared out of nowhere, without any ties to the past, present, or future. Part of the distinctiveness lies in the atmospheric production, which exudes a detached sense of mystery, but it also comes from the remarkably accomplished songwriting. The songs on Murmur sound as if they've existed forever, yet they subvert folk and pop conventions by taking unpredictable twists and turns into melodic, evocative territory, whether it's the measured riffs of "Pilgrimage," the melancholic "Talk About the Passion," or the winding guitars and pianos of "Perfect Circle." R.E.M. may have made albums as good as Murmur in the years following its release, but they never again made anything that sounded quite like it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 044797001420
  • Catalog Number: 70014
  • Sales rank: 1,852

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Radio Free Europe (4:05)
  2. 2 Pilgrimage (4:30)
  3. 3 Laughing (3:55)
  4. 4 Talk About the Passion (3:23)
  5. 5 Moral Kiosk (3:32)
  6. 6 Perfect Circle (3:29)
  7. 7 Catapult (3:56)
  8. 8 Sitting Still (3:18)
  9. 9 9-9 (3:03)
  10. 10 Shaking Through (4:30)
  11. 11 We Walk (3:01)
  12. 12 West Of The Fields (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
R.E.M. Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Peter Buck Guitar
Mike Mills Bass, Drums
Michael Stipe Vocals
Bill Berry Bass, Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Don Dixon Producer, Engineer
Peter Buck Composer
Mitch Easter Producer, Engineer
Mike Mills Composer
R.E.M. Producer
Michael Stipe Composer
Bill Berry Composer
Bertis Downs Contributor
Jefferson Holt Contributor
Carl Grasso Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Listner's review is wrong again

    This guy is batting .000 with his reviews. Anyway, Murmur is great. This album INVENTED the genre we now call alternative. Propulsive, beautiful songs like Radio Free Europe, Talk About the Passion, Laughing, and all the rest provide a great look back at the beginnings of R.E.M. and a great listening experience. It's just a preview of the even greater albums to follow (like Green, Automatic for the People and YES Out of Time, among others)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best R.E.M. cd ever

    Murmur is the strongest CD that R.E.M. has made, every song on it is good. Don't listen to the other reviewers who say that other R.E.M. Cd's are better. Murmur is clearly superior, yes even better than Out of Time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Circa 1983

    REM, rewards the attentive listener. Their music is bursting with pleasant surprises which begin to surface only after a few plays. Influences ranging from the Byrds to Hermans Hermits to the Dave Clark Five abound, while the band still sounds truly distinctive. Songs which on first listen seem to be filler begin to take on life and power-you may find your favorite track changing with each play. Although the lyrics are often unclear-even when they're comprehensible through Michael Stipes throaty vocals-it doesn't-really matter. In R.E.M.'s music, vocals are more than just lyrics, they add to the total experience by blending with and contrasting to the music. And when a lyric does come through (again, with repeated listening) the imagery is often startling. Murmur is a truly superb debut album, showcasing a new and innovative approach to rock and pop music. Just ashy made U2 the most talked about 1981's Chronic Town, Murmur makes R.E.M. the band to watch in 1983.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest albums of all time

    The headline may seem like a bit of an overstatement, but this really is an amazing collection of songs. The entire album is this incredible murky mix of Bill Berry's driving and accented beats, Mike Mills' strong bass grooves, and Peter Buck's jangling, syncopated guitar. Not to mention Michael Stipe's and Mills' dueling vocal leads and harmonies. Lesser-known standouts include ''Pilgrimage,'' ''Laughing,'' ''Moral Kiosk,'' ''Sitting Still,'' ''9-9,'' and ''Shaking Through.'' This is in addition to the more-famous ''Radio Free Europe'' and ''Talk about the Passion.'' Get this album.

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    Posted February 5, 2009

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