S Debut Album, Released In , Was So Far Removed From The Prevailing Trends Of American Popular Music That It Still Sounds Miraculous And Out Of Time Today J Niimi Tells The Story Of The Album S Genesis With Fascinating Input From Don Dixon And Mitch Easter He Also Investigates Michael Stipe S Hypnotic, Mysterious Lyrics, And Makes The Case For Murmur As A Work Of Southern Gothic Art EXCEPRT In The Course Of An Interview That Took Place Some Twenty Years Ago, Michael Stipe Made [ Pdf R.
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Niimi Ó Passing Reference To An Essay That Had A Deep Impact On Him It S What Came To His Mind When, After Having Been Harangued By Fans And Journalists Alike About Murmur S Lyrics, Already Grown Weary From Having To Continually Entertain Their Broad Speculations, He Finally Threw Up His Hands Anyone Who Really Wants To Figure Out The Words To Our Songs Should Probably read This Essay, Then Go Back And Listen, Stipe Told The Interviewer It Talks About How People Misinterpret Something That S Being Said, And Come Up With A Little Phrase Or Word That Actually Defines The Essence Of What The original Was Better Than The original Did What Stipe Was Trying To Say Is That If You Want Answers To REM You Re Not Only Looking In The Wrong Place, You Re Also Asking The Wrong Questions
, has succeeded in doing that, they still sound timeless and vibrant today 20 years after hey were first conceived Murmur and Reckoning were two albums I got into after discovering them during the Life s Rich Page Even my friend Gig, a man who knows about music than several other men, has forgotten how great REM were on Chronic Town, Murmur, Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction and Life s Rich Pageant It s like trying to tell someone about the ripsnorting rock and roll on the Rolling Stones first two albums, you re going to get funny looks Huh REM Those wankers Yes, them Very early REM was an irreducible thing of beauty, you couldn t tell people about the great guitarist because Peter Buck was not one, he didn t play solos, you couldn t tell anyone about their deep and meaningful lyrics because what Michael Stipe was singing was barely English, it didn t exist, and you couldn t rave about their unusual instrumentation or song structures or great use of dynamics because prog this was not, every song was 3 minutes 10 seconds, there were fast ones and slightly less fast ones and a bit slow ones
This wasn t as bad as the author warned it would be at the beginning I was concerned about this book when I started reading it, and the author was suggesting other book titles that covered the subject matter in this book better than he was going to do What concerned me was that he was suggesting that you skip sections of the book that are not of interest to you It s written as his interpretation of the album Some of the other 33 1 3 books are written this way as well, and a lot of the time they drift into a state of ranting boredom However, the writing in this one manages to keep it interesting almost all the way through.
I love the 33 1 3 book series, but because the authors have the freedom to analyze an album in any way they choose, the books are of widely varying quality In this edition, the author is kind enough to signpost his approach a brief history of the band leading up to this, their first full length effort historical and artistic context and analysis of language.
The first two sections are great having read at least one full biography of R.
, I was afraid I would have to sit through a rehash of that information, but the author acknowledges that this book didn t need all that So the telling of the formation of the band and their writing, touring, and recording experiences pre Murmur are limited to what is necessary to put the album in context, and does a good job of it.
The second section was most interesting to me, as it talked about the recording process