July 29, 2018

Dave Matthews Band - Everyday (2001) ☠

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Alternative Rock, Rock
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☠: Selected by Lass
© 2001 RCA, BMG Records
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The fourth proper studio album by the Dave Matthews Band had a rough birth, as the group jettisoned a set of sessions recorded with their longtime producer Steve Lillywhite, starting afresh with Glen Ballard, the mastermind behind Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. Ballard has a tremendous influence on the resulting record, collaborating with Matthews on every track and changing the direction of their sound. To a certain extent, the change is welcome, since Before These Crowded Streets suggested that the group was running out of steam, but the sudden shift toward measured maturation and slickness is jarring all the same, since it emphasizes Matthews' melodies and leadership over the group interplay that is the group's calling card. It's not that the music is now simplistic, since there are still some tricky rhythms and shifts in tone, but the group doesn't have much room to stretch in Ballard's precise arrangements. In a sense, they sort of benefit from this increased focus, since the group's instrumental excursions can be a little flabby, but it still robs them of much of their character. Also, Everyday sounds like it was the product of a difficult birth, and wouldn't have gelled if Ballard hadn't been involved, pushing Matthews toward completion. It does result in a record that's more cohesive than its predecessor, but it's far less engagingly loose-limbed than DMB at its peak. Perhaps that's just a byproduct of maturation, but Everyday feels like forced maturation, a record that suppresses the group's best attributes in favor of a moderate, self-consciously classy stab at adult pop. That it works pretty well at that level is a testament to Ballard's skills, but it feels more like a weirdly abortive solo project by Matthews than a full-fledged DMB effort.

tags: dave matthews band, everday, everyday album, 2001, flac,

2 comments:

  1. I honestly never understood the popularity this band had during it's hey day :/ but having actually listened to their catalogue now (thank you Lass!).... yeah, I still don't get :/ Sorry :/ but I will say that I really did enjoy this album more than I thought I would :O I agree with you Lass on this album getting the pick. Thanks again "baby girl" Lass I always enjoy your selections and your overall catalogue :)

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    1. Hey Trixie. You're very welcome. 😊 I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that they were never always a one genre band. If you look at Wikipedia, they classify them as an Alternative Rock band, which they aren't and never were for the majority of their career. This is the closest they ever came and it was also released during the boom of Alternative Rock. This was also my introduction to the band and the first album I owned by them. I remember the time and the era very well, Middle School, enough said 😉 but I'm right there with you. I don't enjoy the rest of the catalogue as much either 😞 I've always been a "commercialised" music lover and my posts reflect that which is why I don't enjoy the rest of the catalogue but I love this one☝☺ It's much closer to my personal music tastes 😉

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