This record is best summed up as Dave Matthews Band on autopilot. Not thats a bad thing, but you have just come to expect a little more from the DMB.
I was one of those supporters of "Everyday", as long as it was a one time only type of album. So when I heard that DMB was going to release the widely bootlegged "The Lilywhite Sessions", which in its raw format is better than this version, I was really happy. But something went wrong on the way back to the studio.
The raw emotions are all gone, and sadly missed, and some of the playing is actually lesser than on its Internet companion.
Thats not to say that this is a bad record. One of the new songs, "Where Are You Going?", is an excellent addition, even though "You Never Know" is a lazy song that could ahve easily been left off. Also, both "Gray Street" and "Busted Stuff" would fit in easily with "Under the Table" and "Crash".
The main problem with this I guess is two things:
1. I heard the Lilywhite sessions first.
2. There seems to be a begrudging vibe to all the songs, like "Alright, we'll release this, I guess".
If you are new to DMB, then you should probably get one of the earlier records. If you are a DMB fan, like myself, then yo should LIKE this record, if not LOVE it.