I have to say, right off the bat, this is one of my top 10 favorite DMB songs. I have yet to compile the list in its entirety, but I can definitively say this is in the top 10. I’ve always liked it. Since the first time I heard it, until the last time I listened to it (while writing this post). There’s just something about it. Which makes it a perfect track to start an album.
Song Meaning: Trying to do things your own way in life, as opposed to what others expect. Also having so much to say, about so many different things, but not feeling the ability to say them… perhaps about sexuality, politics, religion, etc.
Total Play Count: 602
Album Ranking: 3/12
In terms of an overall song, “SMTS” is just wonderful. It’s got a great little guitar riff to start things off, with a bit of a hollow sound to it. The music itself, throughout the song, is so evenly balanced, and has such an upbeat, fun vibe to it. It sounds a little redundant, but this song is a snap-shot of the Dave Matthews Band.
Just read these lyrics:
I say my hell is the closet, I’m stuck inside
Can’t see the light.
And my heaven is a nice house in the sky
Got central heating, and I’m alright.
Try to tell me that isn’t clever writing. Go ahead, I dare you. Alright well… you don’t have to, because you might be able to make a case for it, but you wont convince me otherwise.
One of the best parts of this song, is how it slowly builds into itself. It starts off with just Dave rocking it out on the guitar. Then Carter comes blasting in with the drums on “T-t-talk about the weather-er-er”… followed by some killer sax, etc. From there, the song just continues to be awesome. I can’t think of any other way to describe it.
The most distinguishable part of this song, hands down, is the sax. Roi really lays into it with the bass sax. You can feel it wherever or whenever you listen to it. The word “prominent” really comes to mind. Especially when watching/listening to the band live (see: video clip above).
“So Much to Say” is definitely a catchy song. Especially they “so much to say, so much to say” lines. It might also become tired on some people that are waiting outside the Today Show at Rockefeller Center in the misting rain listening to the band play it 6 times in an hour (more to come at some point in the future). But for me, it’s very enjoyable.
I love this song, and I think it’s a perfect way to kick-off the bands second big album. Well done, Mr. Matthews. Well done.
Song Rating: 5/5
Next Song: “Two Step”