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Reckoning (album) by R.E.M.

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Reckoning by R.E.M. (1984)
Overall rank: 564th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 487 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1984 (15th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (82nd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (564th)

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Reckoning is ranked 6th 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 58 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 37,975.

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Members who like this album also like: Murmur by R.E.M., Doolittle by Pixies and The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths.

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Murmur no. 2... eh, why not
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From Brad1770
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 larryrrr
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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This & Murmur is were they peaked for me and those are their first two LPs!
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From nitomano
Favoritas: So. Central Rain, 7 Chinese Brothers, (Don't Go Back To) Rockville, Time After Time, Camera
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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 Boxyno1
There's a little bit more confidence to the sound of this album compared to Murmur, a truly exceptional album
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Favourites tracks: Harborcoat, Pretty Persuasion, So. Central Rain, Don't Go Back to Rockville
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From Finky
This is my favorite R.E.M. album.
My 5 favorite tracks are:
- Harborcoat
- 7 Chinese Brothers
- Pretty Persuasion
- So. Central Rain
- Don't Go Back to Rockville
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Catchy songs, emotional sincerity, and only a disappointment when compared to "Murmur."
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