Dave Matthews Band – Away from the World album review

Dave Matthews Band has finally released another album, Away from the World, more importantly however they have finally released another album produced by Steve Lillywhite. The band collaborated with powerhouse producer Lillywhite on many of their albums throughout the 90s, which is quite a big deal for many diehard DMB fans. It’s a classic DMB album with plenty of violin and saxophone, basically just some great musical collaboration from the many contributors. Unfortunately I do have to say that while I am a fan and this is a great album, after giving the album some good play time none of the songs really jump out. If anything this album is great because it allows you to be nostalgic, while actually listening to some great new stuff. (Whether they admit it or not every university student from the late 90s to the early 2000s had a crush on this band.)

I often think it’s fun to imagine how history will look back on a bands career. I’m not sure we’ll ever really see another Beatles or Rolling Stones, but I do think that some bands will stand the test of time, be credited with carving out original music, and honoured for creating something truly special to which, I think Dave Matthews Band fits the bill. Unfortunately, history is also going to look back on the last 10-20 years of pop music and pronounce us all idiots for allowing such uncreative people/bands to exist in our midst, hopefully our invention/commercialization of the internet will help take some of the attention away from this. In the end there is not much to say other than that these guys are not done by a long shot. Sure this particular album may not be their best, but it does show promise, and it’s just fun to listen to.

By Chris Bretecher

I am a traveler, music écouteur, designer, and builder of things I design (see previous trait). When not traveling, I am listening to music, designing, and building things I design (see previous activity).

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