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Fables Of The Reconstruction (album) by R.E.M.

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Fables Of The Reconstruction
Fables Of The Reconstruction by R.E.M. (1985)
Overall rank: 1,113th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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76/100 (from 341 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1985 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (176th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,113th)

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R.E.M. bestography

Fables Of The Reconstruction is ranked 10th best out of 34 albums by R.E.M. on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by R.E.M. is Automatic For The People which is ranked number 57 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 38,505.

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76/100 (from 341 votes)
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75/100
From Fischman
IMO, REM's best. The most great songs and the most consistent among the deep cuts as well. The only REM album still in regular rotation with me.
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From Brad1770
Brilliant, the album that made me fall in love with REM & follow their entire career as my all time favourite band . What a trilogy REM produced beginning with Fables , into Lifes Rich Pageant and closing with Document a 3 album masterpiece only bettered by The Fab Four . The tension between band members is palpable on this album best demonstrated by the off key guitar separation which brings Feeling Gravitys Pull to a close . Breath taking album
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85/100
From Kuzh69
Outstanding throughout ....... Right behind murmur in their catalog imo.
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90/100
REM's third album is actually my favourite of their early records, it has a very rustic feel, their first genuine Americana moment, featuring tales of the great outdoors, of railroads, and, old men with stories to tell. It's REM as The Band. It's got some of their best early songs, feeling gravitas pull, driver 8, and, old man Kensey, are all great, as are, green grow the rushes, and, maps and legends. In fact It's all great, the most atmospheric of the band's early records. It ends nicely with the beautiful, Wendell Gee. It all sounds like it was recorded in a barn, or around a campfire. This is REM in the great wide open. Brilliant.
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80/100
From Boxyno1
This one falls a bit short towards the end, and is very dark as well, still very good though
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I think the most underated of R.E Ms 80's albums, only tapers off a bit towards the end but as good as any other than the big 3 (AFTP, Murmur and LRP) im my mind.
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I just signed up so that I can set the record straight about Fables...This is a beautiful album! It has several outstanding tracks, the best of which is "Life and How to Live It". "Maps and Legends", "Driver 8", "Can't Get There From Here", "Green Grow the Rushes", "Wendell Gee", hell the whole album is fantastic. This is where in my opinion the band really found their sound that would catapult them into the one of the best artists on the planet for the next decade or so. I feel FOTR is highly undrrated by both this site and other members.
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95/100
From F1Aaron
This is another good R.E.M. I can agree with others that it's underrated and not as average many would say. But I don't it's memorable as Murmur or Life's Rich Pageant
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From KGB
This album's getting short shrift here. The first three albums all build toward Lifes Rich Pageant with this one filling its role as table-setter. Probably their second best album.
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