I often look at bands today from alternative rock, and they just really don't seem to be there anymore. Even the traditional ones don't have that much airplay or reflection right now. R.E.M. has constantly been placed under that list, especially after the departure of their drummer Bill Berry. Yet, the group from Athens still continues to shine again & again. Their latest single, Leaving New York is a very down to Earth mellow rock song, that really is one of their best tracks in quite awhile. The song has a very meaningful memory of dedication and what so many people have done in our lives, is move on to vast other areas. This happens to be a great song, and shouldn't put R.E.M. down for the count. Their time is still going on.