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Released: April 9, 1984

Rating: 4.283 (average of 18 ratings)

Genre: alternative/ college rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Harborcoat
  2. 7 Chinese Brothers
  3. So. Central Rain (Iím Sorry)
  4. Pretty Persuasion
  5. Time after Time (Annelise)
  6. Second Guessing
  7. Letter Never Sent
  8. Camera
  9. Donít Go Back to Rockville
  10. Little America

Total Running Time: 37:57

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 0.5
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI Ė click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 27
peak on U.K. album chart 91

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • So. Central Rain (Iím Sorry) (3/84) #85 US, #43 AR
  • Donít Go Back to Rockville (6/84) --
  • Pretty Persuasion (9/8/84) #44 AR


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Daveís Music Database. Click to learn more.

ďR.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 doesnít 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 Ė the interweaving melodies of Pretty Persuasion and the country rocker Donít 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 recordís influence on underground American rock in the Ď80s was just as strong.Ē STE

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previous album: Murmur (1983) R.E.M.ís DMDB page next album: Fables of the Reconstruction (1985)

Last updated February 18, 2010.