Under The Table And Dreaming Review

artist: dave matthews band date: 07/07/2006 category: compact discs
dave matthews band: Under The Table And Dreaming
Release Date: Apr 1994
Label: RCA
Genres: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, American Trad Rock, Jam Bands
Number Of Tracks: 12
This is a set of eclectic pop/rock that is accentuated by bursts of instrumental virtuosity instead of being ruled by it.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 9
 Overall rating:
 9.8 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.7 
 Users rating:
 9.9 
 Votes:
 20 
review (1) 3 comments vote for this album:
overall: 9.7
Under The Table And Dreaming Reviewed by: AeroTempleCrue, on july 07, 2006
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: Under The Table And Dreaming, Dave Matthews Band's major-label debut, is one of their best (the best DMB album is Crash, its follow-up). It sounds very different than the later DMB albums. His vocals sound much higher than those on Stand Up or Busted Stuff. There seems to be more use of the violin in this one than the others, but its used well, so it doesn't get repetetive quickly. Dave uses especially creative sounds in this one (especially with the guitar). // 10

Lyrics: Dave is an excellent lyricist, he was now and most likely will be for a while. He talks of happy things, despite of his grief of his sister Anne's death (the album is dedicated to her). The best song on this album is What Would You Say, which remains to be a concert staple to this day. It's one of his most catchy, well-written songs. His voice is higher on his early records, including this one. It seems to deepen over time. // 10

Overall Impression: I listened to this album after buying Stand Up, and I was surprised at how different they sounded. This albums is a little too single driven. I guess Dave thought they wouldn't make it without a strong single, but now that they've gained mainstream success, they don't have to worry about that now, do they? // 9

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