In one word or less---YES! Even though I have the majority of his albums, he is highly overrated. Plus, his songs have gotten less interesting over the years; the melodies sound the same and the jamming has become tedious to listen to.
Because I'm open-minded and I love music. I'm not a fair-weather music listener that gives up on musicians. I still believe he is capable of writing much better songs, but maybe he has run his course...
I look at Dave Matthews in a different light than I did originally when Under the Table came out. I equate it to Guinness beer. Guinness is not my favorite beer now...however it was a gateway to the world of other fine stouts and ales for me and away from the stale beer of college days. This is the way I look at this Dave and the band. They were the gateway for me into a world of music (from Four Tet to Sufjan Stevens) that I do not believe I would have ever entered if it was not for him. Maybe not the best ever...but I do not believe that he is overrated.
I definitely think so, but I like DMB for the music, it's something different. A lot of people around me "like" them so they can go to concerts just so they can drink and smoke. So I don't actually know who likes them for the music or for that reason. And they just happen to along the way like a couple songs, that are randomly quoted. As a whole... I really actually don't know that many people who like them. But they are overrated, but I wouldn't say for the music.
The band is fantastic, he's overrated and exhausting and his lyrics are lame. And you cannot use the "...then why are you listening?" comment towards me because I am definitely NOT listening. Most people had the positive review written before they heard the record because DMB followers are like a cult. But not a cool, good cult. More like Scientology.
Ummm....overrated by whom? Please clarify what you think is overrated, his songwriting, the music, the live experience, or the cultural phenomenon of DMB?
Though Big Whiskey has been getting some pretty good reviews, most of the other albums to my recollection have received mediocre reviews by the media.
True many times his lyrics are not revolutionary or Dylanesque, but again, I have not read too many articles saying he is the second coming.
As for the band's musicianship, they are certainly NOT overrated. Fantasic musicians.
As for the live shows, yes there is the party/teenie bopper factor--lets get trashed and go to a Dave show. This could be said for a number of other acts. Does a ton of Hawaiian shirted drunk adults wearing parrot hats mean that Jimmy Buffett is "overrated" as well? I dont think so, but have to admit I've never really "gotten" Jimmy Buffett though I can see why many like him and his band. As for the actual DMB concert, I think they put on a hell of a show, and a tight show. Very few of the jams are "snoozers." Is popular being equated with overrated?
So anyway, just some thoughts on this whole "overrated" thing. And I did listen to the new disc extensively before rating it. It bothers me just as it does some of you when people rate stuff on here before they have used the product or when they hail everything by a particular artist as 5 stars even if it is stinky. BTW, it also bothers me when they rate a product low because Amazon had shipping problems.
I'm 42 (don't fit into the teeny bopper demographic) and have been to many DMB shows...two slated this summer. The guys are all very good musicians as individuals and, I believe, are great as a whole. Unbelievable energy when seen live. Can't wait to hear "Whiskey".
Uh, opinion as fact. Gotta love the internets. Since my opinion is as valid as yours, NO DMB is one of the best working bands today (I would put Pearl Jam right there and the Chili Peppers a 1/4 of an inch below because their live shows have lost their punch).
He was the best until he switched producers. His old stuff (Crash, etc) is better than his new stuff. I support him because he is the only guy that lets concert attender put their jacks for recording the concert (this was what he did in the past).
His listener supported CDs are top of the line (IMO).
Kayne West I won't support in my lifetime.
What he did at the VMAs and during his only episode of MTV's Punked shows what a [(sarcasm)] great Christen he is. That's how he got popular and then went totally immoral and secular (not that he had potentially to begin with; him and his huge jaw).
almostchris..... i think maybe ur overrated lol. why do u have to post something negative? if u dont like it dont listen!!!! plain and simple!!!! this is dave matthews band best album since busted stuff in my opinion. they put a lot of energy and soul into this literally. so deal with it.
In general ,no. However surrounded by soooo much hype and a money makin' marketing machine. The last CD , one of his best. Live, totally over -rated ---not a jam band that for some reason mnay think it is.
Okay, okay... ENOUGH ALREADY! Funny the way it is, that fans have grown weary of him, while a former "hater" is falling in love with him. I used to think DMB WAS overrated, shallow back wash of pop culture pap crap. I wouldn't have anything to do with it and my eyes would roll when I met yet ANOTHER fan. That all changed when my boyfriend took me to a concert last year. I heard "Crush" and I was SOLD! SO... if DMB has the power to convert a hater into a die-hard and loyal fan... they are NOT overrated! Also, DMB had the most successful tour of the decade. There is something to be said for consistency and dedication and that is what draws fans and converts alike to them. Oh, and about the Grammys: Dave got JACKED!