Of all the 80's R.E.M. albums, Murmur (1983) was the last one that I needed to buy, until this past weekend. I'd heard the album a couple of times, which might have been why I felt no urgency to buy it. It just doesn't excite me much.
There are those among you who believe that this was R.E.M.'s shining moment, as if they peaked with this album and everything since has sucked. Granted, I understand that there are some later R.E.M. tracks that were completely overplayed. "Losing My Religion". I get it. Still, have you listened to Automatic for the People (1992)? New Adventures in Hi-Fi (1996), dare I ask? Have you heard even one track from the lovely Around the Sun (2004)? Sorry -- that sounded confrontational. I just don't understand the alure that hooks some people to Murmur. It's a nice record, but that's about it, if you ask me. So help me out, Murmur fans. What is it about this record that is so friggin magical? I'd love to hear your thoughts.