Release date: September 2011
The Reckoning is the fourth album from the American rock band Needtobreathe, released on September 20, 2011 through Atlantic Records. It is the last album featuring drummer Joe Stillwell. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and at number 6 on the Billboard 200.
"We wanted to make an important record in the way that people used to make records. Bands rarely have the time that allows them to create a game-changing album like Born to Run, Rumours, or Damn The Torpedoes. So we said, 'Let's set ourselves up to do that. Let's believe in the songs enough that we're willing to take the time they need and really push ourselves. It may sound naïve, but we still have a dream that we're going to make a record that's going to change everything for us," said Bo Rinehart about how the album came about.
"We considered every note, every sound, and every lyric that went on this album," Bo said of The Reckoning, which was co-produced by the band with Rick Beato (who worked with the band on their records The Heat and The Outsiders), and was recorded over seven months mostly at their Plantation Studios in Charleston, SC. "Everything was put through the 'Do we really believe in this or not,' filter. We never settled. We were looking for a spark. Sometimes in the studio you've got to keep searching until something happens that feels magical. We were waiting for that moment to strike on each song before we called this album finished." Bear added, "At one point, we had done 10 different versions of the same song, but that process is what the record came to be about. We felt like no one could take this moment from us. I think you can feel the pressure we put on ourselves in every note of this record. The songs and the album became something much bigger than us ... something we had to live up to."
About the album's title, Bear said it has several different meanings, one of them being the justification of accounts. "I like the idea that you put in all this work and at some point it comes to a peak - that's the reckoning time."