Reckoning is the second studio album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was recorded at Reflection
Sound Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina and released in 1984 by independent label I.R.S. Records to critical
acclaim and stronger record sales than their debut.
Reckoning features some of R.E.M.'s more popular early songs, including "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" and
"(Don't Go Back To) Rockville." Avoiding romantic themes once again, lyricist Michael Stipe instead ruminates
on cold weather, a fairy tale in which a child drowns, a flood, superficiality, and separation. The upbeat
tone of the music contrast with the dark lyrics. The final song, "Little America", is written about rural
America, and adumbrates the Southern themes on the following album, Fables of the Reconstruction (1985).
The cover art for Reckoning is the result of a collaboration between lead
singer Michael Stipe and Georgia artist Howard Finster.
Reckoning reached #27 in the U.S. (where it went gold in 1991), and became
R.E.M.'s first UK chart album, where it peaked at #91.
1. (00:03:55) - Harborcoat
2. (00:04:19) - 7 Chinese Brothers
3. (00:03:16) - Southern Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
4. (00:03:53) - Pretty Persuasion
5. (00:03:32) - Time After Time (Annelise)
6. (00:02:52) - Second Guessing
7. (00:03:03) - Letter Never Sent
8. (00:05:29) - Camera
9. (00:04:56) - (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
10. (00:03:01) - Little America
Playing Time.........: 00:38:16
Total Size...........: 231.98 MB