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Preview: Crash

Following an album like Under the Table and Dreaming is no easy feat, but the Dave Matthews Band certainly proved its dominance with Crash. Technically, it’s the band’s third album, but it feels like the second. For some reason, Remember Two Things is often forgotten as an album, allowing people to believe Under the Table and Dreaming came first. In any event… Crash was released in 1996, promptly 2 years after UTTAD (you’ll soon see a pattern here). After fully embracing this album, it became clear that the Dave Matthews Band was on to something pretty great.

Crash

I mentioned the “Big 3” in the initial UTTAD post. This is the second installment in that collection. Many of the tracks on this album are regarded as fan-favorites, and classics that still receive as much admiration in concert today as any other songs. To avoid repeating myself… let’s get into the track list.

  1. So Much to Say
  2. Two Step
  3. Crash Into Me
  4. Too Much
  5. #41
  6. Say Goodbye
  7. Drive In Drive Out
  8. Let You Down
  9. Lie in Our Graves
  10. Cry Freedom
  11. Tripping Billies
  12. Proudest Monkey

If you know anything about the Dave Matthews Band, you’ll know that those are 12 solid songs. Two of those are HUGE crowd-pleasers to this day, including one that continues to receive chants from eager fans. There are also a few classics in here, including a female-favorite (“Crash Into Me”).

I wont spend too much time now going into details of each song, but I will say… Crash is one of my favorite albums, contains my hands-down favorite DMB song, and really displays the range of the band. From the beginning of the album (with “So Much to Say” and “Two Step” setting a fast-pace start to the album)… to the end (“Proudest Monkey”)… and everything in between (“Let You Down” and “Lie in Our Graves”), this album has it all.

Without further adieu… the long wait is over. I’m back.

Next Song: “So Much to Say”

 

Review: Under the Table and Dreaming

So here is the preview of Under the Table and Dreaming I did before the song reviews came.  

All in all, this is a great album to start off your success with. Yes, it wasn’t their first album they released. It was, however, the most successful of the first two, and it is still considered one of the ‘Big Three’ DMB albums. Can’t argue with that.

Here’s a list of all the songs again, with my ratings next to them.

  1. The Best of What’s Around – 5/5
  2. What Would You Say – 3/5
  3. Satellite – 3/5
  4. Rhyme & Reason – 3.5/5
  5. Typical Situation – 5/5
  6. Dancing Nancies – 4/5
  7. Ants Marching – 5/5
  8. Lover Lay Down – 4/5
  9. Jimi Thing – 4/5
  10. Warehouse – 5.5/5
  11. Pay for What You Get – 4/5
  12. #34 – 3.5/5

Looking back on these reviews, I am still happy with my decisions. I maybe should have bumped “Rhyme & Reason” down to a 3/5 and bumped “Dancing Nancies” up to a 4.5/5. Alas, I will stick to my guns. Just because I gave a song a 4/5 doesn’t mean I dislike it. If you refer back to my rating system, a 4 means I ‘love it,’ which is pretty darn good.

Anyway… all of these ratings combined look something like this.

Under the Table and Dreaming – 49.5/60

I give Under the Table and Dreaming an 82.5, or B- overall. Now, that’s just tallying up the individual song ratings alone. But you have to take an album as a whole. As a whole, UTTAD was a groundbreaking album for the band. It put them on the map and still includes so many hits that so many fans love today. You can’t say anything bad about this album, and it’s incredibly fun to listen to.

Factor in the whole “Big 3” thing, and you have yourself a winner.

Therefore, my overall rating for Under the Table and Dreaming is a 4.5/5

Do you agree? Disagree? Did I rate one song too high? Another too low? Let me know, that’s what the comments are for.

I hope I can get through the next album in a much quicker fashion.

Next Post: Crash Preview

Preview: Under the Table and Dreaming

The Dave Matthews Band’s first hit album, Under the Table and Dreaming (UTTAD), was released in 1994. This album launched the Dave Matthews Band into the early stages of their stardom. Several of the hits on this album are still their biggest to this day, and I don’t think fans would have it any other way.

This is album is the first in what fans refer to as “The Big 3.” In layman terms… that is the three biggest and best albums produced by the Dave Matthews Band (UTTAD, Crash, Before These Crowded Streets). They were all three made in the prime of the band’s career, and the quality of the music really shows it. Here is the track list:

  1. The Best of What’s Around
  2. What Would You Say
  3. Satellite
  4. Rhyme & Reason
  5. Typical Situation
  6. Dancing Nancies
  7. Ants Marching
  8. Lover Lay Down
  9. Jimi Thing
  10. Warehouse
  11. Pay for What You Get
  12. #34

These 12 songs make up the groundwork of what we know as the Dave Matthews Band today. The first and arguably biggest hit by the Dave Matthews Band is “Ants Marching.” If you have heard only one song by DMB, chances are it’s “Ants Marching.” It gets the biggest applause, loudest sing-along and best reaction at any concert. Dave has also been rumored to have said it will be the last song the band ever plays. Rightfully so.

The other big singles off this album were “Satellite” and “What Would You Say” in terms of radio plays. But if you go by some of the diehards… Dancing Nancies, Jimi Thing and Warehouse are up there. These songs are at the root of the band, and that is a big reason why it’s part of the “Big Three.”

As I rip through these songs over the next 11-12 days, I suggest checking out the links I will inevitably post. These songs are worth hearing and I am very excited to listen to them in-depth in order to bring you a review.

Now unlike the first album I reviewed (Remember Two Things), I will review the songs first, and then have a recap review of the album, giving my total rating of the album. Enjoy.

Next Song: “The Best of What’s Around”

Review: Remember Two Things

Well… after all 10 parts of the Remember Two Things series, I can now review the entire album as a whole. My preview pretty much summed up the basic information about the album. Now I’m going to recap the setlist and my rankings, and then give some final words (like how the rest of my post-album reviews will go).

  1. Ants Marching (live) – 4/5
  2. Tripping Billies (live) – 3.5/5
  3. Recently (live) – 3.5/5
  4. Satellite – 3/5
  5. One Sweet World – 4/5
  6. The Song That Jane Likes – 3/5
  7. Minarets – 2/5
  8. Seek Up – 3/5
  9. I’ll Back You Up – 5/5
  10. Christmas Song – 3/5

The final ranking of this album – 3.4/5

I like Remember Two Things, but I don’t love it. It’s a classic, it’s got the beginning work of the Dave Matthews Band, but that’s about all it does for me. It doesn’t mean I don’t like it or I don’t like the music the band has made… I just really like the stuff coming up.

I hope you enjoyed the first series of reviews. Now, after a brief delay, the Under the Table and Dreaming reviews are coming up next.

Preview: Remember Two Things

The first album released by the Dave Matthews Band was Remember Two Things back in 1993. This album is comprised of ten songs, three of which are live from some of the band’s first concerts, the other seven are recordings of songs that would go on to be on other studio albums (see: “Satellite”) or songs that would go on to be in-concert stars (see: “One Sweet World” and “The Song That Jane Likes”).

All in all, this album is a good showing of DMB’s early material, and it is the product of my first ever review. Now, to properly conduct this review, I will have to listen to the song several times, understand it, and really grasp it. As I have stated many times before, my opinion may not be right, may not match up with yours… however, as the saying goes, “to each his own.”

The track list for Remember Two Things is as follows:

  1. Ants Marching (live)
  2. Tripping Billies (live)
  3. Recently (live)
  4. Satellite
  5. One Sweet World
  6. The Song That Jane Likes
  7. Minarets
  8. Seek Up
  9. I’ll Back You Up
  10. Christmas Song

As would only make sense, seeing as it is the biggest hit DMB has to offer, I will be doing my first review on “Ants Marching.” In order to keep with the education aspect of my endeavor, upon the first appearance of each song, I will give a brief description of the meaning behind the song (given there is one) so the lyrics may make more sense.

Now, I wont transcribing the lyrics for the entire song, per say, but I will be pulling sections out in my reviews to discuss them. I will, however, provide links to all lyrics as well as live performance statistics. Thankfully, the fine people at DMB Almanac keep those things in order.

On a final note, for fun, if you look into the album artwork for Remember Two Things, you will see the confusion that is a magic eye 3-D image challenge. I tried it out, so you CAN see it on this version I’ve posted. If you can’t figure out what it is… you will have to wait until my last review of the album to find out the answer.