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1)BUSTED STUFF--(7 out of 10)--This is an excellent opener. I'd describe it as a slightly funky blues song that sets the tone for a fairly melancholic cd. Pretty similar to Lillywhite's, but with an o.k. sax outro and a removal of the "silly one" lyrics that he repeated in the original. Solid and well-done.
2)Grey Street--(9 out of 10)--Very, very good song that sounds like a subdued Tripping Billies with better lyrics. Musically very good, lyrically even better, and with a pace the escalates in emotion to the end. Maybe a tad restrained at first, but Dave makes up for it with some great howling at the end. Better than the Lillywhite version.Read more ›
The energy and PASSION was lackluster and the songs smoothed over. Was Dave bored in the studio? GREY STREET, originally such a hard-driving song both musically and lyrically has been melted down into a nice little ditty. This is a song about a woman caught in an abusive relationship looking towards her religion to free here...on Lillywhite, Dave sang it like every word came from the pain and fear inside this woman. Now he sings it like he's narrating the TV movie of the week. He also changed the lyrics....they're not passionate, they're no longer angry for the woman who has found herself in such horrific circumstances. I had the opportunity to see him perform both versions live, and believe me, the new one makes you feel all melancholy inside. That's not what the song should do.
Lillywhite's BARTENDER took me awhile to like, now it's one of my favorites. What sold me was the jam at the end. It's a little shorter on Busted, and again, lacks the dynamic energy that Lillywhite's had. Dave (and all the instruments) emoted raw emotion. It was if you could feel the narrative of the lyrics continuing in the jam. But on Busted it just sounds like a nice little, well-scripted jazz jam.Read more ›
But as the days passed, I found myself wondering why this hand't left my stereo. And then when I grabbed my portable CD player on my way to school, I was surprised yet again when I reached for this album. The same happened while on my computer. What was going on? Well, it's simple: this album is amazing, and I now look forward to purchasing more albums by this band.
Here are my thoughts on each track:
1. Busted Stuff (7.5/10) Not my favorite track, and I usually find myself skipping over it. Yet, it's not terrible either.
2. Grey Street (8/10) A faster, stronger song, and may have been better off as the opening track. Not the best on the album, but I listen to it quite often.
3. Where Are You Going (8/10) My favorite at first, but that's always the case with an album you buy for one track. Slower, not as deep as the others, but still great in its own way.
4. You Never Know (7.5/10) I don't listen to this very often; somehow it hasn't quite clicked with me yet.
5. Captain (8.5/10) Slower, more melodic. One of the better, I'd say.
6. Raven (9/10) I've never heard the darker version, but can only assume it's better. I love the lyrics to this one and ranks high on my list of favorites.
7. Grace Is Gone (9.5/10) A song I disliked when first listening to it. It seemed too 'country' for me.Read more ›
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Love this early Dave Mathews music. Great Performances from all members.Published 9 months ago by BASIL
A great album. I wish I had bought it sooner, but Dave Matthews Band was on point with this highlight, which features multiple tracks that are worth listening to over and over and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by fp