Chris Nashawaty
June 30, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Fables of the Reconstruction (25th Anniversary Edition)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
R.E.M.
genre
Pop

We gave it an A

After ?Murmur and Reckoning made them college-radio darlings in the early ’80s, R.E.M. doubled down on death, darkness, and Southern gothic mystery for their third record, a haunting collection of Americana tales. This reissue’s bonus disc of loose, unreleased demos only strengthens the case for Fables as their masterpiece. ?A

Download These:
Ominous classic Driver 8 at amazon.com
Funky stomp Can’t Get There From Here (Demo) at amazon.com

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