I have often wondered why so many people hate the Dave Matthews Band. I have come up with two reasons:
1. They make money.
2. They write songs first and foremost, and for go all the other redundant things that come with being a rock star.
Because if you take even one listen to their records, there is so much good that you can't hate them.
That brings me to their major label debut(and one of the first CD's I ever purchased way back in '95), "Under the Table and Dreaming".
There is a definte inflation of the ratings, but this is really a five star record. From the first song to the end on track "#34", this is a great, just push play record with equal parts joy, sorrow and great musicianship.
The record gets off to a great start with "Best of What's Around", a joyous track that captures the DMB perfectly. Quiet acoustic riff with flawless drumming, a killer bass part and a great jam flow brought to you by Boyd and Leroy. When bands say they tried to get the live vibe in the studio, DMB are one of the few bands that can do it.
"Jimi Thing" rocks out more grooves in one song then many bands can come up with in their entire lives. "Typical Situations" is a non-conformist anthem, with a meloncollie verse with one of the most joyous chorus they have ever written(they later replicate this equally well on "Two Step" off of the equally good "Crash"). And the hit single "Ants Marching", origannely off of their debut "Remember Two Things", is as good as you remember.
So, if you are thinking about getting "Under the Table and Dreaming" for the first time, I would anticapate that you would like it. This is music that is better than genre. This is just great music.