As a die-hard DMB fan, I was eagerly awaiting this album; having seen them live last summer -- a concert in which they paraded out such soon-to-be hits as "Joyride" -- I expected Stand Up to be a welcome change from the likes of Everyday and Busted Stuff, full of joyous jams, passionate vocals, and the introspective lyrics for which Dave is known. Unfortunately, this album delivered none of the above and, strangely, didn't even include the new tunes DMB was recently touring. Perhaps I haven't yet given it time to grow on me, but I've found Stand Up to be lyrically cliche and lacking the musical energy and improvisatory spirit (where are Roi and Boyd, for one thing??) of DMB's '90's releases. I appreciate the album's political inflections, but don't think style need be sacrificed for them. I'm giving this album two stars, but only for sentimental reasons -- I've been a huge fan for so long, and refuse to accept defeat :) If you're interested in getting into DMB, don't bother with this album...I'd suggest starting with the pleasant tastes of Before These Crowded Streets, Live at Red Rocks, and Dave & Tim Reynolds' Live at Luther College for guaranteed satisfaction.