R.E.M.'s Reckoning

The band closes the book on their legacy

In the run-up to the show, the band released its first song in years, "The Game You Play Is in Your Head Parts 1, 2, 3"; it's a curling track that shifts through its three movements like an expertly sequenced seven-inch, with hooks woven throughout. As the group's many members and instruments crowded the stage, playing a set where the brief foray into new material didn't inspire a mass exodus to the bar as it might have with other artists approaching the comeback trail, the room vibrated with a less self-reflexive type of nostalgia—one tinged with not just sadness for what might have been but also with hope for how the past could positively affect the future.

Don't go back: R.E.M. break up after three decades.
Don't go back: R.E.M. break up after three decades.

mjohnston@villagevoice.com

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Buck's starting to look like Chumlee

 
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