Reckoning

~ Release group by R.E.M.

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Reckoning CD 10 A&M Records CDMID194 0082839719629
Reckoning 12" Vinyl 10 I.R.S. Records SP 70044 044797004414
Reckoning CD 10 I.R.S. Records CD 70044 044797004421
Reckoning CD 10 I.R.S. Records VPCD 70044 04479700442
Reckoning CD 10 I.R.S. Records 465379 2 5099746537920
Reckoning (The I.R.S. Years Vintage 1984) CD 15 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 0777 7 13159 2 3 077771315923
Reckoning CD 10 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 677 015775167728
Reckoning 12" Vinyl 10 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-261
Reckoning (25th anniversary deluxe edition) 2×CD 10 + 17 2707622 602527076225
Reckoning (25th anniversary deluxe edition) 2×CD 10 + 17 A&M Records B0013032-02 602527076225
Reckoning 2×Digital Media 10 + 16 Universal Music Ireland [none]
Reckoning Digital Media 10 A&M Records [none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
Reckoning Spotify Sampler
S. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
Tighten Up
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000191497 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/14562 [info]
Wikidata: Q2069740 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Reckoning (R.E.M. album) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/R.E.M.:Reckoning_(1984) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/r_e_m_/reckoning/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/z29x [info]

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The second album from the Athens, Georgia band builds solidly on the muddy foundations of their debut; showing a more expansive sound from Peter Buck's guitar, that jangles, flirts with and teases Mike Mills' chirpy bass lines; all driven along by Bill Berry's muscular drumming. There's an upbeat, cheery swagger to the mix, with only a couple of tracks allowed to meander off like Sunday afternoon garage-band jams.

The major change in their sound however comes from Michael Stipe's fresh-laundered and sweet smelling vocals, that surface from the swamp-like sound of Murmur (their appropriately titled first album) to take a far more active role. When he shakes off his air of lethargic, suburban ennui, he lets an enormous passionate energy shine through, and it brightens up the whole R.E.M. experience.

Stipe is as querulous and apparently amazed by the modern world that he digs into here, but appears far more confident, if just as intriguingly obscure, as a lyricist. His elegant delivery, pitched in the lower register, demands comparison with the contemporary work of The Smiths over in Manchester, but Stipe's wry faux-innocence couldn't be anything but late-twentieth century American.

Although there's more than a hint of the Byrds' one-time fascination with harmony and a twelve-string Rickenbacker in its production, the set taken as a whole shows that R.E.M. remain ferociously indie and seemingly uninterested in mainstream success, secure in the embrace of their growing hometown audience, and happy to continue their thorough exploration of conventional rock format and song structures.