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  • Audio CD (April 30, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WYT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (449 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. So Much To Say
2. Two Step
3. Crash Into Me
4. Too Much
5. #41
6. Say Goodbye
7. Drive In Drive Out
8. Let You Down
9. Lie In Our Graves
10. Cry Freedom
11. Tripping Billies
12. Proudest Monkey

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Product Description


It's tempting to label the Dave Matthews Band as torchbearers of the Grateful Dead's moderate rock fusion and send them off on the next summer tour featuring either Blues Traveler or the Spin Doctors. But there is more at work here, particularly on the band's second major-label release. Crash pairs soothing sounds (flute, acoustic guitar, six-string bass) with a dark emotional undercurrent. The South African (by way of Virginia) frontman reveals a rare intensity on the title track and the free-form "41," while the group shows that it's not afraid to let loose on songs such as the stirring "Too Much." Producer Steve Lillywhite adds an impressive sheen to the recordings. --Aidin Vaziri

Customer Reviews

One of the best DMB songs ever written.
Jeremy Holtz
Obviously Crash Into Me is just great, and there are some really good songs on here, like So Much To Say among others.
Nathan Harold
This cd is a definitely a must have for anybody who likes DMB or appreciates their music.

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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Patrick G. Varine on March 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Being one of the biggest Daveheads out there, I have scores of concert bootlegs, and so in order to properly review "Crash," I had to go back and listen to the actual album so I could remember what the studio recordings sounded like. There's always sort of an artificial feel to DMB's studio recordings, mainly because they don't expand into eight and 12-minute jam sessions. They are simply the jam sessions reduced to an album-length format. Because almost all of the songs on "Crash" had been performed by DMB numerous times by the time they got onto and album.
But all that aside, it's an excellent record. "Crash" catches a lot of flak and criticism for being a departure from the original highly organic sound of "Under the Table and Dreaming." But it's not as if this is an entirely different band. This was much more of an electric album. Tim Reynolds' mind-blowing guest guitar work here is mainly done with electics rather than acoustics, and so the sound is a little edgier than Dave's fans were used to. I still have to commend Steve Lilywhite (their producer) for his fantastic audio work in polishing DMB's material.
But back to the album. There are very few songs on here that are not really really good. The concept behind "Crash" (the song, not the album) is really funny in that most people think it's a love song... but listen to it closely... it's not. "So Much to Say" is one of the most fun songs I've ever heard. The main songs that I have problems with are "Cry Freedom" and "Proudest Monkey.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Crash is the refreshing breather amidst mass pop/rock confusion in America. The Dave Matthews Band has combined introspection, diversity, reflection, and skill to create one of the finest records available. As the band's second major release, Crash is, if nothing else, a testament to musical exploration. The album swings from the twangy and up-beat "So Much To Say" opening to the slow, pondering unwind of the closing "Proudest Monkey," with lots of groove-rock, funk, jazz, and intensity thrown in between. The record features studio-recorded compilations of some songs fans have heard before ("Two Step," "Drive In Drive Out," "Tripping Billies," "Proudest Monkey"), as well as a breath-taking array of newly inspired lyrics and harmony. The end result is a wonderfully inviting album that is an addictive alternative to the unsure pop/rock artists of our day, and Dave Matthews Band fans are only too happy to see it. It's easy to see why "Crash Into Me" was the massive success that it was, topping billboard charts across the country for the better part of six months; but less noticed are tracks like "#41," subtle, delicate, and pristine. Much to the band's credit, these are the tracks that support the backbone of much of the album. Crash is unlike a great many albums today in that it features something for just about everyone. Intricate acoustics dominate much of the opening track before moving into a tasteful recording of the concert-favorite "Two Step," which demonstrates moving percussion that manages to maintain a feel-good mood that compliments the theme of the song.Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This band is acoustic, but has the most amazing combination of vocals, drums, violins, saxophones, whistles, flutes, bass, and electric bass. Dave may not be your most talented singer in the world, but what he says is so awesome. I'll start at the beginning of the CD. "So Much To Say" is a song that is way too true for me. He's talking about his hell and is ever so wise with, "Sometimes I find it's easy to be myself, Sometimes I find it's better to be somebody else," and God, how true... The only bad part is Dave is bursting with inspiring words, but ends up repeating "So much to say" too much. Then there is "Two Step" with an amazing into... and the awesome metaphor of "Hey, my love, you came to me like wine comes to this mouth, grown tired of water all the time, you quench my heart and you quench my mind," "Crash into me" is your radio played song w/ a cool video... "Who's got their claws in you my friend?" Good question... Dave will always give you something to think about Awesome sounds... "Too Much," has an awesome baritone sax part. It shows off Leroi's talent. Dave sings in an neat way. "#41" is a slow, pensive song, and he is very soft sounding, but deep things are said. "Say Goodbye," is about a girl friend no doubt, and it's kind of sad. Probably my least fav. song, but I have none. "Drive in Drive Out," has some great lines that are humorous poetry...Read more ›
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