Fables of the Reconstruction

Fables of the Reconstruction

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by R.E.M.
     
 

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For their third album, R.E.M. made a conscious effort to break from the traditions Murmur and Reckoning established, electing to record in England with legendary folk-rock producer Joe Boyd. For a variety of reasons, the sessions were difficult, and thatSee more details below

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For their third album, R.E.M. made a conscious effort to break from the traditions Murmur and Reckoning established, electing to record in England with legendary folk-rock producer Joe Boyd. For a variety of reasons, the sessions were difficult, and that tension is apparent throughout Fables of the Reconstruction. A dark, moody rumination on American folk -- not only the music, but its myths -- Fables is creepy, rustic psychedelic folk, filled with eerie sonic textures. Some light breaks through occasionally, such as the ridiculous collegiate blue-eyed soul of "Can't Get There From Here," but the group's trademark ringing guitars and cryptic lyrics have grown sinister, giving even sing-alongs like "Driver 8" an ominous edge. Fables is more inconsistent than its two predecessors, but the group does demonstrate considerable musical growth, particularly in how perfectly it evokes the strange rural legends of the South. And many of the songs on the record -- including "Feeling Gravitys Pull," "Maps and Legends," "Green Grow the Rushes," "Auctioneer (Another Engine)," and the previously mentioned pair -- rank among the group's best.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/1998
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724349347922
catalogNumber:
93479
Rank:
21614

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

R.E.M.   Primary Artist
David Bitelli   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Peter Buck   Guitar
Jim Dvorak   Trumpet
Mike Mills   Bass
David Newby   Cello
Michael Stipe   Vocals
Pete Thomas   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Berry   Drums
Camilla Brunt   Violin
Philippa Ibbotson   Violin

Technical Credits

Joe Boyd   Producer
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Peter Buck   Composer
Barry Clempson   Engineer
Tony Harris   Engineer
Mike Mills   Composer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Bill Berry   Composer
J. Ayers   Composer

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