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

Fables Of The Reconstruction by R.E.M.
Year: 1985
Overall rank: 1,095th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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76/100 (from 400 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1985 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (170th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,095th)
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R.E.M. - Fables Of The Reconstruction [Remastered] (1997)
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R.E.M. Fables of the Reconstruction, 1985 IRS Records, Vinyl LP
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R.E.M. bestography

Fables Of The Reconstruction is ranked 10th best out of 35 albums by R.E.M. on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by R.E.M. is Automatic For The People which is ranked number 55 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 22,631.

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Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 400 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 7% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.4/100, a mean average of 75.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 76.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.3.

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From 08/31/2021 10:09
I think of the first three R.E.M. albums as a suite. A journey from youth to experience. It was my own journey too, having discovered the band at the time of Murmur. I love many of their other albums as well, particularly Automatic but these are the ones that still resonate to me down the years. This should definitely be Top 1,000. It gets stronger for me all the time.
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From 03/12/2020 06:57
The idea that this isn't rated as one of their top 3 best is ridiculous. Perfect representation of REM just perfectly in between Indy and sold-out genres.
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75/100
From 01/03/2019 20:43
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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90/100
From 08/31/2017 09:38
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 06/26/2016 19:30
Outstanding throughout ....... Right behind murmur in their catalog imo.
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90/100
From 04/07/2016 14:57
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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75/100
From 01/28/2016 19:40
This one falls a bit short towards the end, and is very dark as well, still very good though
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From 12/19/2015 09:14
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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95/100
From 10/22/2015 17:11
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 09/30/2015 15:36
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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