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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”

 

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”

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.

Before These Crowded Posts

DMB World,

I am on of the millions upon millions of Dave Matthews Band fans in the world. My opinion may not be as refined as some who have had a greater opportunity to explore and expand their DMB experience. I have been blessed with the opportunity to have my fair share of encounters with the band and will listen to the music they have left behind until the day I die.

There are a lot of ‘experts’ on the band and people who think they know or may know everything there is to know. I am telling you right now, I am not one of those people. If this has caused you to steer away from this blog for the future, then I apologize, but I’m all about being up front here. I have a precise goal in mind with this blog.

I want to not only expand my knowledge of the band by looking deeper and exploring more than I ever have, but I want to further educate myself and whoever chooses to read this as well. I’m sure there are some people out there who like DMB, but just don’t know too much. Maybe there’s people that love him, like me, and want to know more. My goal is to educate myself and you, the reader, as well as broaden our horizons on my favorite band, and arguably one of the best.

What I plan to do here is take my DMB catalog, which is currently at 1,511 songs as I create this blog, and dissect it. I am going to go album by album, song by song, and give my humbled opinion about it all. I am strictly sticking to the studio-recorded albums and the official live-release albums. This will cut the catalog for this blog down to 809 songs. However, another live album is on its way (Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Live in Las Vegas), so that total will rise. If this blog goes well enough, and after those 800+ posts, I may dive into the bonus disc area, but that’s a different story for a different day.

I look to have fun with this, and every day wont necessarily be a post about an album song. If something is on my mind, I’ll write about it. If something happens, I’ll write about it, because I can easily pick up where I left off. You’ll get the picture.

I strongly encourage feedback as well, so please don’t be afraid. If you disagree with me, let me know. If you agree, tell me that too. If you just like to read… then go for it. This is just as much for me as it is for you, so I wont be offended either way.