Volume 94, Issue 90
Tuesday, March 13, 2001
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Disc of the Week
Dave Matthews Band
Three years after their last studio album, the Dave Matthews Band's widely anticipated new album, Everyday, is here and it's well worth the wait.
With sporadic remnants of the standard Dave Matthews Band style, the new album ventures away from the sounds of Crash and moves into a darker, tenser sound. The title track is one of few songs on the album that could have fit well on any of the band's previous recordings.
Boyd Tinsley's violin, Leroi Moore's saxophone, and the incredible blend of backup vocals provide the perfect accompaniment for South African native Dave Matthews.
In return for Matthews' help on "Love Of My Life," (which appeared on the Supernatural album) Carlos Santana plays backup for the band on "Mother Father." The wail of Santana's electric guitar reflects the song's message of the injustices and inequalities of the world.
"Angel," the most romantic ballad written by Matthews since "Crash Into Me," is the unquestionable highlight of the 12-track album. Singing to a lost love, Matthews laments that his life is lonely without her and that although he may be strong, he is still hurt inside. With the added sound of Moore's saxophone, "Angel" has a sound that could cause anyone suffering from a recent heartbreak to easily breakdown into tears.
Starting off slow and seemingly innocent, "If I Had It All" changes as the song progresses. Pushed along by a chorus accentuated with the entire band picking up the volume, the song describes the demise of the blues that would occur if someone were to have everything.
One of the more interesting stylistic qualities on the album is that some tracks, including "Mother Father" and "When The World Ends," end rather abruptly rather than with a fade out.
By cutting the tracks in such a manner, the flow of the album is more edgy than in past works, yet the flow does make the listener want more as soon as a track ends.
Although it has been just three months since the start of 2001, there is no question that Everyday is going to be one of the best albums of the year.
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