R.E.M.: Murmur (IRS)
Richard Grabel, NME, 3 September 1983
R.E.M., LIKE THE B-52's, come from Athens, Georgia, but it must be the other side of town. Where the Bs are flamboyant, emblazoning their borrowed pop icons in bright slabs of neon, R.E.M. are reticent and introspective, veiling their observations and remembrances in a gauzy cloud.
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