Monday, February 8, 2010

Music Review: Dave Matthews Band, "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King"

Since forming in 1991, Dave Matthews Band has pumped out album upon album of catchy tunes. While perhaps better known for their massive radio hits "Crash Into Me", "The Space Between", and "Where Are You Going", DMB has gathered quite the following along with their massive catalog. The most recent album, "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" has taken their work to the next level.

Known for their unorthodox time signatures and intricate guitar/fiddle/saxophone harmonies, Dave Matthews Band does not disappoint in "Big Whiskey". From the very first track, "Shake Me Like A Monkey", the trademark energy draws in the listener and grabs their attention. For me, my attention was never lost throughout the 13-song album.

The driving opening track leads into "Funny the Way it is", a song which serves as their only single off the album so far. From here, the album takes the listener on a journey through many different genres, tones, and time signatures (particularly in my favorite song "Seven" during which the band experiments with a 7/4 time signature."

These days, it becomes a rare oddity to find an album you can listen to all the way through and truly enjoy each and every track. "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" is without a doubt one of these amazing rock albums. Each song stands out on its own, but also contributes to the greater piece of art: the album as a whole. This album will be in my car CD player for months to come. Without a doubt: 5/5.

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