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Reflective, beautiful, and a rare grace in music today.
on July 22, 1999
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. "Crash Into Me," upon being listened to for the hundredth time, transforms from an over-played radio hit to a sweet testimony to love that could, at a gentle push, make a lover cry. In "Too Much," the band proves that they still can cut loose every once in a while into a free-form, all-out funk fest. The rest of the album is left to the quiet and often bone-chilling force of lyrical and musical precision and perfection. A total of twelve tracks grace the overall theme of this album, which has remained a steady, romantic, and optimistically challenging appreciation for life. Crash is a definite plus for any music lover's collection, a must for Dave Matthews Band lovers, and for some, perhaps even many words to live by. But beyond its music, maybe Crash's best feature is the authenticity and care with which it was created. Realizing that the second release is perhaps the most essential for any group of musicians, the Dave Matthews Band has established with this album a firm hold on the concept and beauty of music.