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Fables of the Reconstruction

3 Ratings: 3.0
Alternative Rock album by R.E.M.

R.E.M.'s third full-length recording,Fables of the Reconstructiondelivers 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 … see full wiki

3 reviews about Fables of the Reconstruction
review by . September 16, 2006
'Reconstruction of the Fables' showcases the uncompromising dedication R.E.M. has to reinvent their sound wheel on every outing. Every album is consistently great quality with the moxy even the Beatles lacked. (For them superstardom garnered nearly limitless resources at their disposal.) '...Fables' is a brilliant album that is only slightly tarnished by a production that reminds one of the sixties. The folk-rock sensibility is certainly updated, however, and the concept presented is consistent …
review by . September 24, 2002
Even if one didn't know much about R.E.M.'s history, "Fables of the Reconstruction" would still sound like the work of some very homesick men.It's hardly traditional folk music or anything like that. The band was too individualistic to produce such sounds. On the other hand, there's a dark cloud of loneliness and despair hanging over this music, even the softer songs. It's as though the guys produced "Fables of the Reconstruction" in a land where it rained every day and nothing was familiar - which …
review by . August 26, 1999
posted in Music Matters
Having stood the test of time, this album deserves a resurrection. Later fans may not have heard this when it came out, and little of it has remained in many set-lists and radio playlists, it seems. The dense, swampy, humid, "inbred" feel of the album comes through--as the lp's strength and drawback, it seems.The recording difficulties the band underwent must have been unfortunate, as Joe Boyd to me seems the ideal producer (if you can't have Mitch Easter! Surely better than Don Gehman of JCougarM …
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Fables of the Reconstruction
Label: Capitol
Artist: R.E.M.
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release Date: January 27, 1998
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