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Some called this jangle pop, thanks largely to Peter Buck’s countrified guitar; others called it college rock, due to its lo-fi production. However you slice it, R.E.M.'s 1983 debut is alternative rock perfection. It sees one of the driving forces of late 20th-century pop music going big, bold, and anthemic on propulsive rockers (“Radio Free Europe”), gentler Americana-tinged numbers (“Talk About the Passion”), and pensive ballads (“Perfect Circle”). For the fledgling alt-rock scene, this was no mere murmur.

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Murmur will live forever

R.E.M. started with Murmur, their first full-length release, and when you listen to this album, you listen not only to the music that the band created, but the mood that they felt while creating this: young and hopeful but also coherent and prepared. Every R.E.M. fan should know this album and any person curious about R.E.M. can start here and be pleasantly surprised. Also, there's a Velvet Underground cover, and they rock too. This "deluxe" album might be a wee bit expensive here, but the music is solid.


...period. This album is perfect.


Formed: 1980 in Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

R.E.M. marked the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first single, "Radio Free Europe," was released in 1981, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the early '80s, R.E.M. brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional...
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