Another DMB classic, “What Would You Say.” This song is another one in the line of ‘carpe diem’ songs (a trend for Dave’s songwriting). It’s a pretty straightforward song, nothing too intense musically or lyrically.
In the studio, you can tell there is a lot going on numbers-wise. Obviously there is the harmonica. That is none other than John Popper, frontman for Blues Traveler. Of course we have the one and only Tim Reynolds on acoustic (as with most songs on the first few albums, and a few other people on vocals.
Right off the bat you hear John Popper. We have a little acoustic noodling, and then he comes in on the harmonica, which is really the staple of the song as well. He plays it throughout the intro, and then him and Roi go at it in the solo later in the song. It’s very addicting.
As for the lyrics of the song, they are also rather addicting. It’s easy to follow along too, and once you know the lyrics it’s hard not to sing along in the same tone of voice Dave does. It is clear the lyrics pertain to daily life, things you encounter, and ways you can react to them (i.e. What you would say in said situation).
My favorite part of the song is easily the solo. It comes at the 2:20 mark. First, there’s a quick drum lead-in to the acoustic guitar solo. Right after that we’re into a groovy solo from Roi which is a lot more up-beat than a lot of his other solos (which is due to the tempo of the song). Finally, we have John Popper on the harmonica, and man he blows it away. So good.
So here we have our first official Dave Matthews Band music video of the blog. Obviously, for all the songs that have official videos, they will be in here. So you get a taste of the actual song I’m reviewing, as well as the crazy nature DMB had all their videos in.
Now, if you’re saying to yourself, “Wow, this video is weird,” then you’re right. This is weird, but it’s really cool. Different, to say the least. And get used to it, because for the next 6 years of Dave Matthews Band music videos… they’re somewhat similar. I still think the videos add to the uniqueness of the Dave Matthews Band.
If you want to see a live version, here it is. This is from Live at Central Park (which is one of my favorite live albums – and luckily it was made into a DVD as well). I will use as many Central Park videos as humanly possible, because I like it so much. Anyway, I think it’s important to give you an idea of what the song songs like live as well. I will eventually review all the live albums (all in one post, not in separate song posts like these studio albums), but I still think you should hear the differences between each song. I am a big proponent that the band is so much better in concert, and that is where they really get people to become fans.
So all in all, this is a really fun song, unique (especially the music video), but I’ll be honest, it’s not one of my favorites. Once again, this is just my opinion. I’m not saying the song is bad by any means, but personally I think it’s just an average song (at least in this version).
Song Rating: 3/5
Next Song: “Satellite”