2021 Stereophile Magazine Record to Die For!Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 165/500!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Radio Free Europe" - Rated 389/500!
When this title was released in 1983, R.E.M. was considered out-of-sync and musically strange, yet appealing, and the rock world was turned on its ear. This is in fact what happened: R.E.M.'s debut full-length release introduced the era of 'alternative' music! This ULTRADISC II CD allows you to really hear Murmur for the first time!
Before their sold-out stadium concerts there was early R.E.M. - in fine form here. The Athens, Georgia, band's essential elements emerge: Peter Buck's jangly Rickenbacker guitar, Michael Stipe's cryptic lyrics and folk-pop meanderings. Melodies and harmonies are pretty and catchy - some choruses singalong - but they wander intriguingly off-course. Might the title reference Stipe's quasi-unintelligible vocals? No matter. Bill Berry's taut drumming adds punch and energy. Songs like 'Perfect Circle' sound sweet as Southern tea. Vulnerability permeates 'Shaking Through.' The songs are hooky yet quirky enough to transcend basic form and genre cliches. Distilled like moonshine, the quartet's playing has a raw, natural purity. An earnestness and a driving undercurrent hints at what's to come.Selections:
1. Radio Free Europe
4. Talk About The Passion
5. Moral Kiosk
6. Perfect Circle
8. Sitting Still
10. Shaking Through
11. We Walk
12. West Of The Fields