What made Murmur and Reckoning, or for that matter, REM, so unique on the indie/roots/college-radio scene of the early 1980s was the completely different path that REM chose to arrive at basically the same place that other bands of the time, such as the Smiths, Husker Du, U2, or even UB40, reached. All of these bands had one thing in common – wherever they were, they didn’t fit in. No matter how diverse the backgrounds, each of these bands, and the many others like them that filled the airwaves during mostly off-peak hours on college radio stations across the country, had their own unique sounds that were a product of their locations. The Smiths = Manchester; Husker Du = Minneapolis; U2 = Dublin. And of course REM = Athens.
Murmur and Reckoning