The relationship between this CD and the unreleased "Lillywhite Sessions" is a weird one, and it's impossible to avoid comparing the two. I thought "The Lillywhite Sessions" was fantastic, far better than "Everyday," and maybe even as good as "Before These Crowded Streets." This CD offers the opportunity to hear much of the "Lillywhite Sessions" material without, well...Lillywhite.
Unfortunately, this release pales by comparison. Of the nine songs that have been carried over from "Lillywhite," not one has been improved upon, much less equalled.
Some, in fact, are not even close. "Grey Street," "Captain," "Raven," and "Big Eyed Fish" were all much, much better before. "Raven" in particular is completely different lyrically, and Dave's vocals on this as well as most other tracks sound like he was just trying to get it over with.
The two non-"Lillywhite Sessions" songs: "Where Are You Going" and "You Never Know" are 'quite good,' and 'okay,' respectively.
DMB is one of the most creative and talented bands out there, so even their lesser efforts are worth giving a listen. But make no mistake: this is definitely one of their lesser efforts.
[The bonus DVD is sort of a preview of the "Live at Folsom Field" DVD (which is worth picking up), and has performances of "When the World Ends" (the best song from "Everyday," I would say) and "Bartender." Both are good. There is also a 5.1 Audio version of "Bartender," which I would probably really enjoy if I liked the song more than I do.]