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

Reckoning by R.E.M.
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 528th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 652 votes)
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R.E.M. : Reckoning/ I.R.S.- 70044/ Pre-Owned/ Great Condition
Condition: Very Good

R.E.M / Reckoning - (Cassette. 1984. IRS Records) Very Good Plus Condition
Condition: Very Good

R.E.M. Reckoning CD
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R.E.M. bestography

Reckoning is ranked 7th best out of 35 albums by R.E.M. on

The best album by R.E.M. is Automatic For The People which is ranked number 49 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 20,793.

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From 10/30/2022 11:03
Good follow-up to Murmur, it starts with 4 strong tracks with So. Central Rain being the biggest highlight of the whole album, then we get 4 weaker ones (Camera would be great if not so long), and by the end we get 2 gems with Little Anerica being probably the most underrated on the record.
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From 02/17/2022 10:25
I like the live feel of this album compared to Murmur, which feels more like R.E.M. still finding themselves. Used to love watching "Left of Reckoning" also
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From 09/29/2021 02:31
Really good album. I appreciate that REM couldn't just keep churning out albums with the same sound and approach forever but those IRS discs really are special. I don't agree that the band was lousy after going to the majors but they were definitely different.
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From 12/02/2020 05:28
My favorite of REM’s, and also the best with murmurs right behind. Extremely high highs and meh lows
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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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