Reckoning (Songs From The Olympia)

In July 2007, R.E.M. took a break from recording last year's Accelerate to play a series of shows at Dublin's Olympia Theatre, reaching back to perform four choice tracks from 1984's Reckoning: the chiming "Harborcoat," the love note "Letter Never Sent," the sloppily driving "Second Guessing," and "Pretty Persuasion," where guitarist Peter Buck plucks one of his finest arpeggio riffs. This live EP – pulled from an upcoming two-disc set – is a short, sweet dose of nostalgia.

From The Archives Issue 1084: August 6, 2009
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