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Murmur

14 Mar 1991 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Label: Polydor Associated Labels
  • Copyright: (C) 1983 A&M Records
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  • Total Length: 44:08
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  • ASIN: B001KW7AP0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,104 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 25 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
One of the problems with "Eponymous," the 1988 album that is a collection of singles from the first five R.E.M. released on I.R.S., is that it stops a lot of people who jumped on the bandwagon when the Athens group switched to Warner and made it to the top of the music world with their hit "Losing My Religion" from going back and listening to those earlier albums. That would be a mistake, because that would mean missing out on "Murmur," the 1983 album that created R.E.M.'s distinctive sound and which, in retrospect, can be seen as an important album in the history of music as representing the move from post-punk to alternative music. "Murmur" only made it to #178 on the Billboard 200 chart (#36 for the Pop Album version), but this is clearly a case where the tree in the forest most definitely makes a sound, regardless of the number of people there to hear it. Remember that "Rolling Stone" named "Murmur" the best album of 1983, which was the year of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the Police's "Synchronicity."
R.E.M. was formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980, originally playing under the name Twisted Kite and performing garage rock covers and original folk-rock songs. "Radio Free Europe," their first single, was recorded in 1981, released on the tiny Hib Tone label, and showed that all of the pieces that would becoming familiar, the jangle pop sound and cryptic lyrics, were already in place: you cannot help singing along with the chorus even if you have no clue what the rest of Michael Stipe's lyrics are saying. The single topped the "Village Voice" poll for Best Independent Single, and landed the group the I.R.S. contract. After an EP, "Chronic Town," the full-length "Murmur" constituted the group's debut album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was REM's first attempt, and a pretty good one at that. "Radio Free Europe" is a great example of what they can do but what exactly does Micheal Stipe mean. There's something to think about. The album in general combines all the usual REM qualities, but with a different energy about them. Murmur, released over two decades ago is the best debut ever, as proven in "Sitting Still" and "Talk About the Passion". As a fan of REM I really liked this one because it is so easy to listen to. Everything about it - The guitars, vocals, lyrics and even backing vocals unite to make this a masterpiece.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tiernan Henry on 17 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
Years and years ago Rolling Stone magazine described REM as the "only American band that mutters". It's a good line and pretty accurate too. Deliberately muddy, muddled productions coupled with Mike Stipe's largely incoherent singing could have made the first couple of albums unlistenable but they don't; both Murmur and Reckoning welcome you in with their beguiling half-grabbed tales spun with gorgeous melodies, great playing and spine-tingling and unexpected harmonies. The first time I saw them was in the SFX in Dublin in 1984 and I was awed by the size of the sound they made - didn't catch a word of Stipe's mumblings, didn't need to; his voice was just another instrument in that fabulous sound.
So, now, 25 years on, Greg Calbi has remastered Murmur and we can breathe easy. It's still as complex and wonderful, it just sounds better. There is more separation of sound and the stereo mix is more distinct but those are the minor points; the sound is as vital as ever and if nothing else it allows us a chance to revisit the album and consider whether it is worth revisiting. As with a lot of older generation CDs the earlier pressings of Murmur were horrible transfers with little care being given to even approximating the sound of the vinyl. I rarely listened to the Murmur CD I've owned for years, preferring to listen to the now well weathered LP, not because of any particular preference for vinyl but because the original CD just sounded awful. This new mix is a joy: the songs leap and bound from the speakers and they sound as great as ever. While acres of reviews have focused on Stipe's lyrics and singing and Buck's guitar playing they frequently overlook the fact that REM were a band and that the sound and the songs were the product of the four of them interacting and melding with one another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. A. Wright on 4 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
Before REM lost their muse and their cult status, there was the pre-Warner days, there was Murmur. This is in every sense of the word, a 'timeless' piece of music. An album awash with mystery, beauty, depth and soul which inspired the more ambiguous nature of what a band can create, thus creating alternative rock (not bad for a debut).
The songs are constructed in recognition of the bands traditional folk inspirations, with winding melodies (Perfect Circle) and ringing guitar tones reminiscent of The Byrds, with a seemingly effortless and sublime sense of melody.
But to say the sound is derivative would be unwise, this is as an orginal and fresh - sounding an album that has been made in the history of rock music, thanks to the clean and smooth production and Stipes's impassioned, yet hardly comprehensionable vocals. However a look at the lyrics gives subtle imagery of geisha gowns, two headed cows and cists, and cites historical occurences ('We Walk' is about Corday murdering Marat in his bath)and greek mythology without the slightest bit of pretension, which is a remarkable achievement in itself.
Also, what's so suprising is the distinctive and assured sound the band managed to create for themselves in such a short space in time, it's almost as if these four men were born into the music and it is merely an extension of themselves.
And what's even more remarkable is how well the album has aged and how 'timeless' it is. I have no hesitation in stating that if this album was released this year it would sound as modern and important as anything else going (although with this tedious 'retro rock' craze going on at the moment this is not much of an achievement I suppose).
Goundbreaking, 'timeless', inspired, inspirational, traditional and modern all at once, that was REM.
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