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R.E.M. - Fables of the Reconstruction RIAA Certified Gold! Click here to see this CD at!

By Albert Massa

R.E.M.'s third full-length recording, Fables of the Reconstruction delivers the purest distillation of the band's early sound. With the exception of the horn-laden, radio-friendly "Can't Get There from Here," the songs form a connected soundscape. Nearly transparent production highlights the glittering guitar arpeggios, active bass, and the disciplined, patterned drum lines, with organ and spare string arrangements adding texture to several pieces. And then there are the vocals: dense harmonies of voices calling out to each other, a rich humming and howling around Michael Stipe's central mumble. A careful listener can discern most of the lyrics, though what exactly they signify remains unclear. The album is best contemplated in its entirety, and the songs reward careful, repeated listening. This is a seminal alternative album, its material evocative, its ultimate meanings elusive. If your CD collection has room for only a few R.E.M. albums, Fables should be one of them.

1. Feeling Gravity's Pull7. Green Grow the Rushes
2. Maps and Legends8. Kohoutek
3. Driver 89. Auctioneer (Another Engine)
4. Life and How to Live It10. Good Advices
5. Old Man Kensey11. Wendell Gee
6. Can't Get There From Here


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Artist: R.E.M.

Released: November 9, 1985

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Gold

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