Reckoning

Reckoning

by R.E.M.R.E.M.

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - Remastered / Bonus Tracks / Reissue / 180 Gram Vinyl)

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Overview

R.E.M. abandoned the enigmatic post-punk experiments of Murmur for their second album, Reckoning, returning to their garage pop origins instead. Opening with the ringing "Harborcoat," Reckoning runs through a set of ten jangle pop songs that are different not only in sound but in style from the debut. 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. On the surface, Reckoning may not be as distinctive as Murmur, but the record's influence on underground American rock in the '80s was just as strong.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2009
Label: A&M
UPC: 0602527074696
catalogNumber: 001302901
Rank: 19239

Tracks

  1. Harborcoat
  2. 7 Chinese Brothers
  3. So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
  4. Pretty Persuasion
  5. Time After Time (Annelise)
  6. Second Guessing
  7. Letter Never Sent
  8. Camera
  9. (Don't Go Back to) Rockville
  10. Little America

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