Words On Music
Release date
27 Jan 2006
Running length
9 tracks
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1 Shine 4:05 8,258
2 Daylight 4:32 6,744
3 Get On With It 3:43 6,624
4 Echelons 4:03 6,429
5 It's A Lie 3:34 4,838
6 Autocrat 3:49 4,633
7 Forget Who You Are 3:31 4,004
8 Loud And Clear 4:35 3,909
9 Broke My Back 7:36 3,551

About this album

Echelons is the debut album by Nebraska’s For Against, first released in 1987 and reissued on CD by Words On Music in 2004. The album blends Factory Records atmospherics with the aggressive jangle of early R.E.M., juxtaposed against the earnest and isolated voice of Jeffrey Runnings. These elements conjoin to portray an image of the depth, vastness, and loneliness of America’s sparse heartland.

The original LP release of Echelons was celebrated with a Grammy nomination for its remarkable cover design by Bruce Licher (a shaft of wheat accompanied each record sleeve in its initial 1,000 copy letter press run). The re-release on CD was remastered and featured a six-panel digipak design by Licher.

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