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Reckoning


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001I0G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. so. Central Rain
4. Pretty Persuasion
5. Time After Time (annElise)
6. second GuessinG
7. letter Never seNt
8. camerA
9. (don't Go back To) ROCKVILLE
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"Reckoning" is one of the top five R.E.M. albums in my opinion and probably my second favorite of the IRS years (behind "Document", and slightly edging out "Life's Rich Pageant").
Songs like "So. Central Rain", "Pretty Persuasion", and "(Don't Go Back) Rockville" are classics that you can listen to over and over.
While I am not one of those R.E.M. fans that only likes their early work, I do appreciate listening to the band play at a time when it was far less encumbered by the introspection and seriousness that have come with age. This album is a great one for getting a glimpse at that free-spirited, youthful time during the band's evolution to what it is today.
"Reckoning" is R.E.M's umpteenth great album but to those not familiar with R.E.M.'s early work, it may sound perhaps a bit unpolished and raw compared to the later albums released under the Warner Bros. label. Much like nascent cartoons or comics that look a bit different than they do in their later years, R.E.M.'s sound, though definitely still taking shape, is unmistakable.
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if u like and or looking for great rock music look no further this CD is a great rock album
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This CD ranks up there with some of REM's best. Instead of rehashing the avant-garde sound of "Murmur," REM instead chose to give their songs an earthier, more personal mood. Some of REM's best "relationship songs" are on this CD, such as "So. Central Rain," "Don't Go Back to Rockville," and "Pretty Persuation." While their later 80s work was mostly stadium fare, these songs feel like they'd be more at home in a smoky dive bar on the edge of town. Great music to listen to on your front porch with a nice bottle of Rolling Rock.
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REM doesn't disappoint in this 1984 album. Stipe's mysterious vocals accompanied by their signature jangly sound (comparible to the byrds) makes for a great record. The definite highlight being So. Central Rain. no rock collection is complete without this album. 5 stars and then some.
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R.E.M. broke onto the scene with "Chronic Town" when I was a sophomore in high school in 1982. Prior to this time, I was "into" the mainstream hard rock of the day (Van Halen, Aldo Nova, Huey Lewis, Rush, Men at Work, etc.). R.E.M gave me an individualistic retreat amidst the pressure of adolescent conformity. In this period prior to adulthood, I was able to invest R.E.M.'s music with my own innocence, naivete, and sense of mystery. The band's initial EP ("Chronic Town") and first two LPs ("Murmur" & "Reckoning") seemed to beg the listener down this path. The music suggested a growing youth movement that embraced kindness, creativity, and commeraderie.
Side One (pardon this out-moded expression) was one of the best LP sides ever. The sound of "Reckoning" was more driving and slightly more electric than it's folk-tinged predecessor, "Murmur". The vocals were rarely decipherable, but one could extract occassional nuggets ("Your handshake is worthy, it's all that you've got"..."The wiseman builds his house upon the rock, but I'm not bound to follow suit"..."Goddamn your confusion"..."pull your dress on, and stay real close"). These little chestnuts somehow seemed and felt important at the time. Never enough to hang one's hat on, but enough to conjure intrigue.
Side Two yielded "Letter Never Sent", which is still at the top of my favorite R.E.M. songlist. Other highlights included "Second Guessing" and "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville".
While R.E.M.
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It was junior year of high school and Chris and I were among the invitees to a soiree at our friend Cynthia's house. Ever the thoughtful guests, we swung by Farm Fresh to pick up a boss of Hires root beer on our way. R.E.M.'s Reckoning album blared from the speakers of Chris' beige Ford Escort. "Seven Chinese Brothers swallowing the ocean (or something to that effect)", Michael Stipe sang as Chris and I shouted at each other over top of the music.
By the time we arrived at Cynthia's house we were only up to "Pretty Persuasion", about 1/3 of the way through the tape, and were already pretty hoarse. I don't know why we always played the music so loud, yet still valiantly tried to carry on conversations over top of it. We parked next to the mailbox by Cynthia's driveway but there was no way either of us were leaving that car until Reckoning was over. During the lull that is "Time After Time (Annelise)", we could no longer resist opening the root beer. We were going to need to fortify ourselves for side 2 of the tape. Without an alternative drinking apparatus, we took turns imbibing root beer straight from the boss.
"Why you trying to second guess me?" Yeah, things were starting to pick up again when suddenly I was startled by a knock on the passenger's side window. I turned to face the source of the noise and saw none other than Alan, Cynthia's older brother, standing impatiently next to the car. I rolled down the window to let him air whatever grievance he might have against us.
"What are you guys doing out here? Everyone is already inside getting ready to eat." Hair moussed and gelled to perfection and decked out in his finest 80s skinny tie regalia, Alan wasn't exactly a frightening authority figure even if he was a year older than us.
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