Skip to comments.Dave Matthews Band Releases Weakest Effort to Date with 'Away from the World'
Posted on 10/21/2012 6:55:48 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
There was a time when you could put on a brand new DMB record and find yourself enthralled by the stellar musicianship and driving riffs and drum fill interplay between Matthews and drummer Carter Beauford. None of that exists on 'Away From The World'. Not a shred of it can be found in a single song on a record that sounds more like the band is back in a funk and depressed dealing with the feeling of what it must feel like to be lost in the musical equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle.
With tracks like 'Broken Things' we begin to get the feeling that Matthews has taken his solo work with Tim Reynolds and basically attached the entire DMB name to it. 'Belly Belly Nice' offers nothing new in the way of arrangement or jamming that we haven't heard from the band over the last decade and a half with borrowed 1970s sax jams tossed in for good measure. 'Mercy' is another "imagine if we could all just get along' message song that is was better said back in 2001 with 'Everyday' or even 'American Baby'.
No point in waxing poetic or throwing out clever descriptions here...it's just boring songwriting and worse yet rehashed melodies strumming along into an abyss of familiar whining and darkness that makes the listener double up on their Klonopin.
But he didn't and they won't and it is out now and if this album does one thing, it gives credence to those who say the days of buying complete albums are pointless when half of a record or more (to be blunt) sucks.
Which 'Away From The World' does...and badly.
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My daughter has long been a fan of DMB. I would rather listen to a cat fight over anything I’ve heard from DMB.
are they the ones that had a bus drop a load of poop on some people years ago?
that’s the first thing i think of about them now . it was at an overpass in Chicago as they were leaving town . i liked their early music until dave matthews released a solo cd and the single’s video . in it he is shown moping around a torn up city, like Detroit, eyes an American flag on the ground. He looks at it pensively like this South Afrikan musician is aching for our country during the Bush years
My neighbor back in New York once loaned me a couple of his albums (yes, vinyl LPs), She said that since I liked the Allman Brothers, I would like Matthews. Wrong. It’s garbage, and that’s being generous.
That would be the group ;)
Same here. A friend loaned me a SD a few years ago and said, "You've got to hear this band".
I listened to about three monotonous tracks and ejected it straight away. I've never understood their popularity.
PS- I'm also a big Allman Bros fan.
And this is news? Well then, how about the latest effort by the Swinging Blue Jeans?
The Dave Matthews Band has always been an awful mess of noise.
DMB had some catchy and unique songs back in the day. Funny how musicians hit a wall and cease to be creative. I guess it’s age related.
Maybe Dave should have just called the album John Galt.
I know DMB has jammed with Future Man, Victor Wooten, Dickey Betts and what not...but I always likened them to a more listenable Phish than Allman Brothers.
I’ve not heard the new album, but do enjoy their older work. Their live performances are great - the cohesion of the band is marvelous on stage. I wouldn’t consider them one of my favorite bands, but I like their music occasionally.
No it'a not age related. RObert Plant is a great example of this. In many cases these people have long since either made the cash, have burned out, or had plain ole fire in the belly.
Age has nothing to do with any of those things if one stays present, does the work, and hopefully takes care of one's body, mind, and soul. That's why the bible dudes lived for so long and had so many babies--;-D.
My life and creative work is renewed constantly because I am fully alive and get more so every year--as do my creative juices and efforts. Even though I am a woman my balls definitely grow bigger each year. They are getting monster huge! ;) lol.
In many cases these people have long since either made the cash, have burned out, or HAVE LOST THE plain ole fire in the belly.
Robert Plant is an exception, isn’t he? Eric Burdon in the meantime has a new recording on which he sounds the same as before. It’ll go nowhere. Can’t compare him with Plant. An acquaintance told me last night that he recently met Bobby Vee (nee Robert Velline), incidentally the first employer of Bobby Zimmerman, who (Vee, not Zimmy) is now a building contractor.
Phish, on the other hand, are simply awful.
I was a big DMB fan up through Busted Stuff/Lillywhite Sessions. Been very difficult to stomach anything from them since.
Oh I dunno bro. I think Robert Plant and his 5 solo bands and side projects have been very hard to deal with. His last great record was Fate of Nations. I loved everything he did post-Zep in the 80s and early 90s and then suddenly when he did the Page/Plant reunion thing...he just fell back into the hippie style of rock.
Now and Zen, Pictures At Eleven, Manic Nirvana all classics to me. He just seems to have abandoned rock music for folk rock.
Oh and this is in general chat under music ;p that makes it music news from a scathing review :)
Obviously, you know much more about Plant than I do. I’ve checked him out occasionally, and have been very impressed every time, especially, his Strange Sensation Band period (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJoarBi19QM), with the incredible guitar player Justin Adams, who since went to some weird African music projects.
This is straight rock and roll, isn’t it?
Plant had a more of an afterglow than most musicians do, but even with him you see a peak and a decline. Same thing with Page. He did his best work in the Zep years, then had a couple of minor hits with The Firm, then it was just a handful of lackluster collaborations with guys like David Coverdale. In both cases their later material doesn’t come close to matching the earlier material.
And this is how it always seems to be. It’s the creative peak when they’re in their twenties and thirties, then they either totally fall off the cliff or in a few cases there’s a more gradual slope downward, like Plant with his solo albums, which were good but weren’t Zep.
As for your balls, they must be strictly metaphorical, otherwise your clothes would fit funny ;)
“Funny how musicians hit a wall and cease to be creative. I guess its age related.”
Perhaps. Although RUSH, at 59, 59 and 60 years old have still managed to avoid the wall. Here’s a good video (from two years ago) which had a preview song from their current tour highlighting most of their new album from this summer:
Same here. From “Remember Two Things” up through “Everyday” (not a big fan of “Busted Stuff”) they were incredible to listen to. The Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds Live at Luther College album is still one of the best I’ve ever heard. That said, DMB has been utter crap for years now. A true shame, but at least their older stuff will always be around.
I like early DMB, but they lost me with Everyday. Never bought anything after that abomination. LOL!
I always remember they petitioned to build a stadium in a very quiet scenic area of Va.
just another phoney ecotard.
“They” being Mathew’s and friends.