Fables of the Reconstruction is the third studio album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on the I.R.S. Records in 1985.
Despite the growing audience and critical acclaim experienced by the band after its first two albums, Murmur and Reckoning, R.E.M. decided to make noticeable changes to its style of music and recording habits, including a change in producer (Joe Boyd) and recording location (London, England).
Boyd was best known for his work with modern English folk musicians, including such acts such as Fairport Convention and Nick Drake. However, Fables was a conceptual record by R.E.M. standards. Lyrically, the album explores the mythology and landscape of the South. The title, Fables of the Reconstruction or Reconstruction of the Fables, makes possible reference both to the Reconstruction period after the Civil War, and to the literary process of deconstruction. The source of the title and chorus of "Can't Get There from Here", the album's first single, is a rural American colloquialism sometimes used in response to a request by travelers for directions. The video for "Can't Get There from Here" received airplay on MTV.
The opening song, "Feeling Gravitys...