Again this is just based on the albums I have of theirs. If I don`t have it, I don`t comment. I know they`re quite big over in the states, but... Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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12 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 8/6/05 - 12:12:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
Again this is just based on the albums I have of theirs. If I don't have it, I don't comment. I know they're quite big over in the states, but they're pretty unknown over here so I have the luxury of not having them rammed down my throat by the radio etc.

Under The Table and Dreaming - 1994

The first major label studio album from the group demonstrated the different sound of the band from generic American rock. The songs are essentially rock songs, such as What would you say and Ants Marching, but the added saxophone and violin does set it apart from other artists. It also shows Dave's excellent guitar skills and composition in the tracks, especially on Satellite and Rhyme and Reason. Slower songs Lover Lay Down are a better example of the lyrical ability than some of the faster songs. An excellent debut from the band.

12 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 8/6/05 - 12:12:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
Crash - 1996

Confirming the bands place in the music scene in the US continued very much the style from the previous album. With a mix of faster rock songs (So much to say, Tripping billies) with slower songs like the exceptional Crash Into Me and Cry Freedom. Again their is a jazzinfluence on these songs demonstrated in Two Step and other songs mentioned. Lyrically the songs have improved, though they do possibly suffer a bit from overproduction, with songs like #41 sounding better with an acoustic guitar. And Proudest Monkey is an odd way to end the album at least...

Before These Crowded Streets - 1998

After to very popular and similar albums, the band came out with this. Focusing alot more on the jazz roots in the music and less on the rock side, they came out with a different but still excellent album. This album had alot more energy, The Last Stop and Don't Drink the Water verge on angry while Dave sounds like he's going to pop a vein on Halloween.

12 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 8/6/05 - 12:12:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
The guitar playing shows through the sax and violin again on the feel good track Stay and The Stone. The highlights of the album are the slower tracks at the end of the album, the Dreaming Tree, which shows Dave's more mature writing talent, and Spoon which features Alanis Morissete doing a bit of what she does best. In my opinion this is their best album.

Listener supported - 1999

Never a band to shy away form releasing a live album or 10, this is a good range of the bands songs performed expectedly well. The interesting point being the cover of Bob Dylans All Along the Watchtower which then featured on pretty much every live album to follow. Not a bad live album, but not great.

Live At Luthor college - 1999

An acoustic live album with just Dave and guitar maestro friend Tim Reynolds. This is an excellent introduction to the songs, as it lacks the production and hooplah of the band efforts. The songs are great, and they are performed well. Highly recommeded.

12 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 8/6/05 - 12:13:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Everyday - 2001

This was the first I had heard of the band, after seeing The Space Between being played, just the once, on VH1 at 2am or some such time. They veer a bit more towards the rock on this album but still have the jazz/soul element of the previous album. This was a more mature sounding album for the most part, though the first track I Did It is reminiscent of their older work. If I Had It All, Angel, The Space Between and When the World Ends are the highlights of this album showing the band at their lyrical and musical best, thought the rest of the songs aren't at all lacking. A solid album.

The Central Park concert - 2003

Yay, another live album. Of the band's live albums that I have heard, this is the best, I have the DVD of it which is good to see the band playing together as they really do seem to enjoy it. An energetic concert which showcases the bands talent on stage rather than just in the studio.

12 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 8/6/05 - 12:13:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Some Devil - 2003

This was a solo Dave effort, roping in friend Tim Reynolds among others to help out. At first I was a little underwhelmed, the songs didn't strike me as standing out much at first, other than the single Gravedigger. After repeated listening though, the album grew on me. I spent half the album listening to the guitar riffs thinking "I'm sure he's used that before", but the songs are still good and solid in their own right. It is alot more back to baiscs and simple, the standouts being Stay Or Leave, Some Devil and Grey Blue Eyes. Acoustic version of Gravedigger is better than the normal too.

Stand Up - 2005

Back with the band again in a mellowed out fashion. The politics also creeped into this album and seem to diminish the energy of previous efforts. There are some good tracks such as American Baby and Dream Girl. But overall the album is lacking the energy that made the bands music great. You can be mellow without being dull guys.

12 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 8/6/05 - 12:16:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
And I'm done. They'll probably have a greatest hits album out soon, I'm surprised they haven't already.
12 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 8/6/05 - 3:33:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Can't comment on anything other than Crash and Before These Crowded Streets as i havn't got them.

I agree so much that they are over-produced, maybe thats somehting to do with me being used to British produced albums, i find a lot of US albums to be ultra slick production-wise and thats not always a good thing.
Overall i prefer Crash to Streets as i prefer the varied genres of each song, that and i absoloutely love #41.
You have the Chicago LIve album? i think thats the best live album i;ve ever heard, i absoluteley love the jamming sessions.

12 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 8/6/05 - 4:49:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
I remember when I was working as a bartender/DJ in 1995 I *tried* to get people to listen to DMB. I played "What Would You Say" at the bar often. I thought it was a great sing along song. I couldn't get people to follow. And honestly, I quickly bored of DMB.

A few years later I had a conversation with a female who tried to tell me how great DMB was. I said, "it must be a chick thing cuz I don't get it."

She said his lyrics were so sensual and he said things she wished guys would say.

I said "Bullsh*t. If I walked up to you and said 'Hike up your skirt little girl and show your world to me.' You'd kick my ass AND have me arrested."

She thought about it and agreed but it didn't deter her from her love of DMB.

I don't get what people still see in that band.

12 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 8/7/05 - 3:29:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
The great thing about Dave is that he can sing pull up your skirt and show me your vagina and make it sound sweet.

I think alot of their lyrics were quite immature in their early songs, but the energy and musicmanship behind them was great. I think Before these crowded streets was where they got them both together.

#41 is one of my favourites of theirs, but the acoustic version on the live at luthor college CD is alot better than the Crash version.

12 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/05 - 8:50:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah I listened to DMB A LOT cuz my brother listened to em a lot then I begun to like them. I LOVE live at luther college from #41 to Satellite to Crash Into Me...all excellent



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