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Reckoning

R.E.M.

Reckoning

...quintessential R.E.M.
UNI282 (Universal Music Group)
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1
Harborcoat

Harborcoat

Composer William Thomas Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Band R.E.M.
03:57 Play
2
7 Chinese Bros.

7 Chinese Bros.

Composer William Thomas Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Band R.E.M.
04:15 Play
3
So. Central Rain

So. Central Rain

Composer William Thomas Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Band R.E.M.
03:16 Play
4
Pretty Pursuasion

Pretty Pursuasion

Composer William Thomas Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Band R.E.M.
03:53 Play
5
Time After Time (Annelise)

Time After Time (Annelise)

Composer William Thomas Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Band R.E.M.
03:34 Play
6
Second Guessing

Second Guessing

Composer William Thomas Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Band R.E.M.
02:50 Play
7
Letter Never Sent

Letter Never Sent

Composer William Thomas Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Band R.E.M.
02:59 Play
8
Camera

Camera

Composer William Thomas Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Band R.E.M.
05:51 Play
9
(Don't Go Back To) Rockville

(Don't Go Back To) Rockville

Composer William Thomas Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Band R.E.M.
04:33 Play
10
Little America

Little America

Composer William Thomas Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Band R.E.M.
03:42 Play
Total Running Time 39 minutes
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R.E.M. moved away from the post-punk experiments of 'Murmur' for their second album, 'Reckoning', returning to their garage pop origins instead and trying to communicate their live energy. Opening with the vibrant 'Harborcoat', the album's tracks are different not only in sound but in style from the debut.

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Where 'Murmur' was enigmatic in its sound, 'Reckoning' is clear, which doesn't necessarily mean that the songs themselves are straightforward. Michael Stipe continues to sing powerful melodies without enunciating, but the band has a propulsive kick that makes the music vital and alive. And, if anything, the songwriting is more direct and memorable than before; the interweaving melodies of 'Pretty Persuasion' and the country rocker '(Don't Go Back To) Rockville' are as affecting as the melancholic dirges of 'Camera' and 'Time After Time', while the ringing minor-key arpeggios of 'So. Central Rain', the pulsating riffs of '7 Chinese Bros.' and the hard-rocking rhythms of 'Little America' make the songs into classics. 

'...R.E.M.'s music is able to involve the listener on both an emotional and intellectual level. Not many records can do that from start to finish.'  Rolling Stone 

'...undeniably the most R.E.M.-sounding album R.E.M. has made; more than Murmur, Reckoning's jangly guitars, snappy rhythms, and oddly catchy choruses play like a mission statement.' Steven Hyden, AV Club

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