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Reckoning
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on 28 March 2016
Brilliant
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on 22 December 2015
Ok
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on 23 May 2016
Another brilliant album.
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on 15 June 2016
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on 18 April 2017
Excellent quality and very prompt delivery
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on 24 February 2017
As described quick dispatch
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on 11 August 2013
Always was and always will be one of the finest from Atlanta's finest. Every home should have one. And a bargain to boot.
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on 19 February 2015
Quality was great
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on 1 April 2002
When R.E.M. released "Reckoning" in 1984, "Murmur", the Athens quartet's first album, was making a few waves on the college radio circuit, and garnering praise from a couple of rock critics. This was small comfort to the group, though, who were still roughing it in an endless round of gigs at dirty, spit 'n' sawdust dives.
"Reckoning" marks a distinct move away from the multilayered guitars of the band's first record, boasting a sound more reminiscent of the group's live sound of the time. Often, the tracks are recorded live in the studio, although this less cluttered approach to recording still left sufficient depth in which Michael Stipe's voice could be buried.
As would be expected on a more basic rock album, the real stars of the show here are bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry, whose elastic locomotion powers the majority of the pieces here. Furthermore, their backing vocals provide a warm foil for Stipe's difficult-to-decipher musings.
While there isn't a weak track upon this album, the high-watermarks include the harrowing "Southern Central Rain (I'm Sorry)", the wistful "Harborcoat", and Mike Mills' country-flavoured "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville".
Taken with the first R.E.M. record, this can be seen as completing the blueprint for the sound R.E.M. would pursue for the next couple of years, before they left I.R.S. Records for Warner Bros. and everything - sound, venues and bank balances - got so much bigger.
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on 4 April 2001
This has to be one of the most under-rated albums, not just by REM, but all albums. The opening of "harbourcoat" is a classic on it's own, moving onto the brilliant "seven chinese brothers", then to the classic "So. Central Rain", the catchy "pretty persuasion", the jangly country feeling "rockville" and the beutifull, dark "camera". All classic songs, which can be listened to over and over, timeless masterpieces, just listen for yourself, miss this and you'll be missing one of the most essential records ever made!
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