Busted Stuff Enhanced
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The brand new studio album from DAVE MATTHEWS BAND is an enhanced CD that includes 11 new songs. The enhanced portion of the CD features special access to unreleased material, video footage, performances, and interviews!
Dave Matthews doesn't exactly seem thrilled about this release. But how would you feel if you made an album with a producer you didn't like, dumped it, and then woke up one morning to find it leaked on the Internet and available at every bootleg stall in New York City? That's pretty much what happened with "The Lillywhite Sessions," the unreleased, darker predecessor to the blockbuster Everyday album. Rather than turn their back on the fans, however, Matthews and company returned to the studio to do the job right. On Busted Stuff, they revive those solemn songs with diligent intensity, creating lovely swaths of melancholy and transcendence. Elegant tracks like "Grace Is Gone" and "Digging a Ditch" replace the dreary gloss of the last album with dazzling intimacy, and even the band's usual tendency for meandering jazz-rock flights is kept in check by the sheer weight of the material. Impressive stuff, in spite of what Matthews apparently thinks. --Aidin Vaziri
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Now, back to Busted Stuff. After The Lillywhite Sessions virtually went platinum on file-sharing networks such as Napster, Dave reluctantly came back to rerecord the wonderful Lillywhite Session songs, naming the CD after the first track, Busted Stuff. Unfortunately, he made the same mistake that he made with Everyday: He radio-acized them. Mind you, most of the lyrics (with the exception of the added songs You Never Know and Where Are You Going? and the re-lyricized Raven) remain the same in Busted Stuff.
As for the music itself: get on KaZaA, Limewire, or Morpheus and download the Lillywhite Sessions. They are much more inspired, in the sense that you can feel in Dave's voice how much passion he had. Busted Stuff, is uninspired compared to heart put into the Lillywhites. Mind you, Busted Stuff is still worth buying, because some of the songs, such as Grey Street and Busted Stuff, are still wonderful pieces to listen to. But, DMB managed to completely wreak the passion that was in the Lillywhite's Grace is Gone, Diggin' a Ditch, and Big Eyed Fish, turning them into Radio-able songs: of which the general public will droningly listen to, but never really get into.
The Verdict: buy this CD. If not for the pleasure of You Never Know, Grey Street, and Busted Stuff, but for the DVD with a couple of Live performances of Bartender (sonds great) and When the World Ends (a trashy song from Everyday). BUT BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THE LILLYWHITES! They are FAR FAR superior! Between the CD and the MP3s, you won't be let down!
So far, I like the music and the singing, without even paying much attention to the words. There are some unusual sounds in this CD which make it very interesting. There are several songs in here that I especially like and maybe only one clunker in the group.
If you like the Dave Matthews Band, you won't be disappointed with this CD. I also like the fact that Dave Matthews said not that long ago that he wasn't concerned about their music being available on the Internet. Well, it worked to their advantage because I went and bought the CD after hearing some samples. Buy it - you'll like it!!!
_Grace is Gone_ is like a sonic-induced heartache beamed right into your soul. _Bartender_ is hopeful, and even manages a note of whimsy, yet Dave sounds like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders as he belts out the lyrics in his own sultry fashion. Nearly every song has excellent redeeming attributes. Simply a must-have album from one of the most creative and impassioned artists of our time.
Greystreet is much more lyrically pleasing, yet Dave's voice has taken a sullen tone in this version that gives the song a much weightier feeling. The instrumentation is far more driving and electric than is found on Lillywhite. Captain has a quicker tempo and an excellent bass line courtesy of Stefan Lessard. Grace is Gone is truly excellent in this album and is indeed one of the highlights. Kit Kat Jam has no lyrics, and is pure instrumental ecstasy. And of course Bartender is an outstanding climax to the album with emotion and power in every note.
Despite other reviewer's harsh opinions of the album, I found it a terrific experience. The flow from song to song was very involving and it reminded me a lot of Under the Table and Dreaming in that respect. It's true the tracks are different, but I would feel ripped off if they were just like TLS. In the end, I love having both albums. They give a great perspective on the evolution of Dave Matthews Band, and are each unique.
1) Instead of returning to Ballard (thank God) or Lillywhite (too bad), the band used their long time sound engineer to produce Busted Stuff.
2) The many accompanying instruments played on certain tracks are performed mostly by Stefan Lessard.
3) Likewise, Lessard kicks ...on this album (Okay, this is not a fact, but it's true).
4) Dave DID like producing this album.
5) Carter HATED Everyday/Ballard.
Add horns, sax, and other jazz style instruments that unfortunately just no other band lays down, and that is why Dave Mathews has good albums.
This is one of the best. It's worth getting just for Kit Kat Jam, but the inventive beats and style they bring make it a must have if you love music, not to mention if you're a DMB fan.
The best CD for the price availiable, hands down.