Reckoning

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
R.E.M. abandoned the enigmatic post-punk experiments of Murmur for their second album, Reckoning, returning to their garage pop origins instead. Opening with the ringing "Harborcoat," Reckoning runs through a set of ten jangle pop songs that are different not only in sound but in style from the debut. Where Murmur was enigmatic in its sound, Reckoning is clear, which doesn't necessarily mean that the songs themselves are straightforward. Michael Stipe continues to sing powerful melodies without enunciating, but the band has a propulsive kick that makes the music vital and alive. And, if anything, the songwriting is more direct and memorable than before -- the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
R.E.M. abandoned the enigmatic post-punk experiments of Murmur for their second album, Reckoning, returning to their garage pop origins instead. Opening with the ringing "Harborcoat," Reckoning runs through a set of ten jangle pop songs that are different not only in sound but in style from the debut. Where Murmur was enigmatic in its sound, Reckoning is clear, which doesn't necessarily mean that the songs themselves are straightforward. Michael Stipe continues to sing powerful melodies without enunciating, but the band has a propulsive kick that makes the music vital and alive. And, if anything, the songwriting is more direct and memorable than before -- the interweaving melodies of "Pretty Persuasion" and the country rocker "Don't Go Back To Rockville" are as affecting as the melancholic dirges of "Camera" and "Time After Time," while the ringing minor-key arpeggios of "So. Central Rain," the pulsating riffs of "7 Chinese Bros.," and the hard-rocking rhythms of "Little America" make the songs into classics. On the surface, Reckoning may not be as distinctive as Murmur, but the record's influence on underground American rock in the '80s was just as strong.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602527074696
  • Catalog Number: 001302901
  • Sales rank: 38,347

Album Credits

Performance Credits
R.E.M. Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Peter Buck Guitar
Mike Mills Bass, Vocals
Michael Stipe Vocals
Bill Berry Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Don Dixon Producer, Engineer
Howard Finster Contributor, Art Direction
Mitch Easter Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Where's "File Under Water"?

    An awesome record, but unless they've changed the CD recently, it lacks the weird little coda at the very end of the vinyl LP. Oops. Time for IRS to cash in on REM's commercial success by releasing a remastered CD with studio outtakes and all, hint hint.

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