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Before These Crowded Streets

Dave Matthews BandAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (650 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 28, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: April 28, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00000638Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (650 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Dave Matthews Band moves its music forward by increments on Before These Crowded Streets. While the album offers more of the folkish melodies and vaguely internationalist rhythms that made this Charlottesville, Virginia, group a major record and concert draw, it also finds them adding new colorings to the mix. Alanis Morissette guests on two cuts, "Spoon" and the disc's first single, "Don't Drink the Water," and banjo whiz Bela Fleck sits in, too. More interesting, though, is the modernist string arrangement played by the Kronos Quartet on the driving "Halloween." Matthews's obvious hopes to lead something other than a jam band are at least partly fulfilled here; at the same time, Streets should keep his customers satisfied.--Rickey Wright

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning January 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've decided after listening to this cd such an awful amount of time, it was worthy of a review. This album is just so amazing to me. It's personally my favorite DMB record by far, Crash and Under The Table & Dreaming in at 2 and 3. This is probably their darkest release and it's so emotional. So many great jams on this and just about every song is 6+ minutes which i love. Every single song on here is just amazing, and it's a very diverse cd.

1.Pantala Naga Pampa 8/10...A short 0:40 second fun intro, that actually manages to hold it's own as a song. But still basically serves as an intro to..
2.Rapunzel 10/10...What a great song. Starts off fun keeping in unison with the previous and then it switches into lush melody, this is classic DMB.
3.The Last Stop 9.5/10...Wasn't a huge fan of this song at first, but it has since grown on me alot. It has an Native kind of feeling to it, and it's pretty dark, great song.
4.Don't Drink The Water 10/10...Probably my second favorite on the cd. The verses are amazing and kind of creepy, and then it gets passionate and a little darker towards the end, just fantastic.
5.Stay (Wasting Time) 8/10...Eh. Probably my least favorite song on the cd. Good, don't get me wrong, but the ladies singing gets annoying quick and this is probably the most up beat song on here, taking away from the mostly dark theme.
6.Halloween 10/10...Wow. Very rarely do you see this much emotion crammed into a song, a whole album for that matter. This is DMB's darkest song, and it's so raw and Dave pretty much loses it at the end, probably my favorite.
7.The Stone 10/10...The great songs don't stop rolling. Best violins on this song. The beginning is as cool as any DMB intro has been. Love it.
8.Crush 10/10...
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64 of 78 people found the following review helpful
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Biased in the sense that if all other bands on earth (and i mean all, now that Soul Coughing broke up) except DMB (dave matthews band for those of you that aren't dave-o-philes) magically disappeared, i really would not care much. This is possibly the strongest of DMB's studio efforts. Crash was good, but had more weak links (just one: let you down) than BTCS. And UTTAD was an awesome CD (after all, its DMB) but a totally different style than this, so it's hard to compare. Now the run-down of the songs:
Pantala Naga Pampa: Amazing that this 30 second intro is so awesomely good. (bad english, so sue me) Rapunzel: This is just a GREAT song, completely fun to listen to, makes you wanna dance insanely. The Last Stop: The darkest, most angry song on a CD that also has "Halloween." Now THAT is an accomplishment. However, it really is a good song, and the lyrics are VERY nicely done. Don't Drink The Water: An awesome, almost hypnotic tale of colonization (and murder of the natives) told from the settler's point of view. The way Dave singing the lines "dont drink the water, there's blood in the water" turns to desperation at the end is an AMAZING touch. Stay (Wasting Time): A love song along the lines of Rapunzel, but a little less goofy. Female backup vocals give this song the perfect touch. Halloween: A song Dave wrote to a girl he was QUITE upset with (she turned down his marriage proposals multiple times, as the story goes). A very interesting, dark song with the Kronos Quartet (see "classical music") in the background. very different, VERY good. The Stone: A counter-part to Halloween, still with the Kronos Quartet in the background. I haven't the foggiest what this song is about, but its beautifully written.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arguably DMB's Greatest Studio Album...(4.5 stars) December 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I remember thinking when this album came in 98' that expectations were insurmountable based on DMB success to that point. Their previous albums had soldified the band as a powerhouse on the brink of epicness and this album pushed them over the top. This album came out during the end of my freshman year of college and it was everywhere. Those who were unfamiliar with DMB quickly were beaten into submission as this was played at nauseum in dorms across and houses across campus.

This album really showcases Dave' creative ability, his songwriting abilities and the band ability to play as a cohesive unit. The songs are journeys and don't conform to radio friendly time constraints. They all pretty much transfer well to live shows and almost all of these songs are considered the "heavy hitters" of a set list. There is a good mix of slow songs and fast, happy and sad and the album successfully runs the gamut of emotions although this is definitely the darkest of the "big three". The band's energy is almost overwhelming and the performance is best described as intense. The songs almost tell stories as some clock in over 8-9 mins. I would say the only minor misfire would be the last two songs as they don't really match the overall quality of the rest of the lineup. These songs are rarely played live so maybe DMB agrees.

Personally I think this is tied for best studio album with Crash but that is always up for debate. For those people who missed this the first time around, its really a must and I think it works best listened to in its enitirety.

Bottom Line: A must have for those who are just getting into DMB or are just looking for some great new music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great DMB album
This is a really great album. Crush has to be one of the best songs ever by DMB but there are number of songs on this album that are awesome.
Published 5 months ago by Danny L. Wyatt
3.0 out of 5 stars Before These Crowded Streets
Not quite what I had in mind, but ok. My. Friend loves it so he listens to it. Thank you
Published 5 months ago by Betty Moyer
5.0 out of 5 stars This Blockbuster Extravaganza Reaches New Heights!
Once again, The Dave Matthews Band had put out a great masterpiece, which
not only topped the international charts in 1998, but took them to another level of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dreaming Tree
This album is by far my most favorite of DMB. It's a great balance of the band going a bit wild and getting a bit gloomy. This album defines their craftsmanship as artists.
Published 7 months ago by Joseph C. Nelson
2.0 out of 5 stars not
better than Stand up, just my opinion. I love 1 or 2 songs, but it still is not Stand Up
Published 10 months ago by Doc
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is an incredible album. Each song is different, unlike a lot of today's pop/rock/indie artists who seem to be able to write only one song with slight variations in lyrics. Read more
Published 11 months ago by GR in MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Great DMB Album
I consider myself a pretty big DMB fan and have to say that this is probably the band at it's peak. It is probably their best album though not my favorite, that would be Crash... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a must have for rock fans
DMB at their finest during their historic dominance of the jam rock scene. The various outtakes are rare and special appearances make this simply a must have.
Published 16 months ago by BT43
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Purchased this as part of my niece's Christmas present this year along with other DMB cd's. She is going to be so surprised! Thanks!
Published 16 months ago by Lori J. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music from Dave
Every year I go to the Dave Matthews concert at the Gorge, and this just adds to my Dave collection. Great music from a good man.
Published 21 months ago by Dan Borden
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