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The Reckoning (1988)

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

The Reckoning is the second studio album by Christian rock singer -songwriter Margaret Becker, released in 1988 on Sparrow Records. The album is produced by Dan Posthuma. Continuing her pop rock sound from her debut album Never for Nothing, The Reckoning features rock hits like "Light in the Darkness" and "Start the Fire" and AC and CHR hits like "Find Me" and "Streets of Innocence." The album is more personal in tone, especially on the song "Find Me," where just like the lyrics, Becker gave away her personal possessions (stereo, TV) and just lived with essential things and her Bible.

Becker earned her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Gospel Performance, Female for The Reckoning at the 31st Grammy Awards and was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Rock Album of the Year at the 20th GMA Dove Awards. The Reckoning peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart.

Track listing

1. Light in the Darkness (Eddie Arkin, Mark Spiro) -3:31

2. You Can't Take It With You (Margaret Becker, Phil Maderia) -3:53

3. Find Me (Margaret Becker) -3:43

4. Take Me Away (Margaret Becker, Leonard Ahlstrom, Kim Beard) -3:25

5. Pico Boulevard (Margaret Becker, Michael Hodge) -4:24

6. Who Am I (Margaret Becker) -4:58

7. Start the Fire (Margaret Becker, Mark Chessir, Gene Ford) -4:23

8. 'Til My Feet Don't Move (Margaret Becker) -4:08

9. I Don't Want to Be Without You (Margaret Becker) -4:11

10. Come Quickly Lord (Margaret Becker, Mark Chessir, Randy Chessir) -4:46

11. Streets of Innocence (Margaret Becker, David Martin) -3:39

Radio singles

1988 "Find Me" -#14 Christian CHR, #3 Christian AC

1988 "Who Am I" -#3 Christian CHR, #5 Christian AC

1989 "Streets of Innocence" -#2 Christian CHR, #4 Christian AC

1989 "Come Quickly Lord" -#23 Christian AC

Previous release: Never for Nothing (1987)

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