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American Paradise Regained: R.E.M.’s Reckoning

Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 21 April 1984

WHEN I HEAR word ‘plangent’ I reach for my applause button. Which is why Reckoning and its predecessor, last year’s Murmur, confirm R.E.M. as one of the most beautifully exciting groups on the planet.

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