Reckoning (studio album) by R.E.M.

Reckoning by R.E.M.
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 505th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 554 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1984 (15th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (73rd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (505th)
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R.E.M. - Reckoning [CD]
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R.E.M. CD Lot of 3: Reckoning, Eponymous, Murmur
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Reckoning is ranked 5th best out of 34 albums by R.E.M. on

The best album by R.E.M. is Automatic For The People which is ranked number 58 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 23,750.

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From 08/16/2019 11:26
A really mature album considering that this was only their second and rarely hit these heights again
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From 09/03/2018 11:57
Murmur no. 2... eh, why not
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From 01/02/2018 03:53
One of my favorite R.E.M albums , clearly better that Murmur IMO . "Pretty Persuasion" & "Don't Go Back To Rockville" sit comfortably as 2 of my all time R.E.M tracks . Only 2 tracks bomb here in "Time After Time" and "Second Guessing" , everything else is either good or great. Oh and it stands the test of time really well as I never get tired of listening to it.
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From 05/01/2017 22:31
As a traditionally structured guitar-pop album, this couldn't be much better. Because its melodies are so perfect and unsentimental, I haven't tired of it after more than 30 years. I think it helps that the songs are not explicit, because in that way they keep the listener's imagination active. It's not just that you can lay your own shifting meanings into the lyrics depending on your state of mind, but at many points the music is layered and opaque without being muddy, which must have been a very hard balance to achieve, and that keeps it interesting after many years. They also avoided some of the fashions of the day that might have dated their sound and came up with an original sound connected to uniquely American folk traditions. For a band that idolized New York punk, they surprisingly gravitated toward a folk sound that was probably very true to their personal experiences having grown up in the deep south. I think the band got weaker later when they tried to sound more like their New York and glam-rock idols. Early R.E.M. sometimes bring to mind the sensibility of Harry Smith, who was both a mysterious avant-garde bohemian artist, based in New York, and an archivist of American folk music. I think both R.E.M. and Harry Smith can be placed in a continuum of uniquely American creativity that combines the avant-garde with folk traditions.
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From 03/07/2017 04:42
This & Murmur is were they peaked for me and those are their first two LPs!
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From 06/23/2016 00:06
Favoritas: So. Central Rain, 7 Chinese Brothers, (Don't Go Back To) Rockville, Time After Time, Camera
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From 04/07/2016 19:59
REM's second album veers towards the more Jangly rock sound that seems to be so heavily associated with the band. It's a brilliant record. It's murky and mysterious, and like it's successor, fables of the reconstruction, has something of the great outdoors about it. It's full of wonderful moments, harbour coat, pretty persuasion, and, central rain, are all classic REM. Camera, and, time after time, are more atmospheric tracks, and on, Rockville, the band go the whole country hog. There's no weak songs, letter never sent, seven Chinese brothers;etc, they're all excellent. It's crazy to think that REM would get even better, but they would.
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From 01/28/2016 20:58
There's a little bit more confidence to the sound of this album compared to Murmur, a truly exceptional album
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From 09/24/2015 10:25
Going on with the good job started with Chronic Town and Murmur. Reckoning is even more consistent than its predecessor, but it lacks of Murmur's peaks. A great album, maybe a missed masterpiece.
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From 07/20/2015 17:09
Favourites tracks: Harborcoat, Pretty Persuasion, So. Central Rain, Don't Go Back to Rockville
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Best Albums of 1984
1. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
2. The Smiths by The Smiths
3. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
4. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
5. Let It Be by The Replacements
6. Hatful Of Hollow by The Smiths
7. Double Nickels On The Dime by Minutemen
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9. Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
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11. Treasure by Cocteau Twins
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13. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
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17. 1984 by Van Halen
18. Diamond Life by Sade
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