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Under The Table and Dreaming
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|1. The Best Of What's Around|
|2. What Would You Say|
|4. Rhyme & Reason|
|5. Typical Situation|
|6. Dancing Nancies|
|7. Ants Marching|
|8. Lover Lay Down|
|9. Jimi Thing|
|11. Pay For What You Get|
With popcorn acoustic guitars, trampoline fiddles, bumper-car bass lines, and caramel-coated sax, the Dave Matthews Band's major-label debut is like an evening at the fair. "The Best of What's Around" and "What Would You Say" swirl like the amusement-park ride on the album's cover, sweeping the exhilarated and light-headed listener higher as the ride spins faster. "Satellite" glides breezily like the prettiest horse on the carousel, "Ants Marching" runs around hitting the bell with the sledgehammer and winning the largest stuffed animals at the target-range booths, and "Lover Lay Down" is the quietest moment on the disc--like the sun setting on a baby's sleeping, snow-cone-stained face collapsed on her daddy's shoulder. --Beth Massa
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'Best Of What's Around'= Four stars
'What Would You Say'= Five stars
'Satelite'= Five stars
'Rhyme and Reason= Four stars
'Typical Situation'= Five stars
'Dancing Nancies'= Three stars
'Ants Marching'= Five stars
'Lover Lay Down'= Five stars
'Jimi Thing'= Four stars
'Warehouse'= Five stars
'Pay For What You Get'= Five stars
'#34'= Three stars
I reccomend this to people as a first DMB CD. It introduces you to their distinct sounding music, along with some of their more diverse musical genres. Five star all the way.
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.
The Best of What's Around-This song is fast-paced and has very good lyrics. It doesn't focus on the entire band as much, but it's a very good song. 5/5
What Would You Say-A classic DMB song that is just great all around. It has original lyrics "I was there when the bear ate his head and thought it was a candy." 5/5
Satellite-Pretty good song. Carter puts in some good backround vocals and the guitar is amazing. 4/5
Rhyme and Reason-This song has a great guitar/bass line, and has thoughful lyrics, but is not the best of DMB. 4/5
Typical Situation-Different and interesting lyrics, with a pretty good chourus, but like Rhyme and Reason, not DMB's best. 4/5
Dancing Nancies-Better live at Central Park. This is one of my favorite DMB songs, it has great lyrics, and Boyd is amazing. 5/5
Ants Marching-The all-time best Dave Matthews Band song. This song shows all members at their best, and has great lyrics. 5/5
Lover Lay Down-A nice, quiet song by DMB. This has good vocals and guitar, and focuses more on Dave, but a pretty good song. 5/5
Jimi Thing-Better live. This is a great song undoubtably, but sadly the studio version lacks some great live attributes. A great song anyway. 5/5
Warehouse-The second best DMB song ever. This song is amazing. It shows the best of Boyd and the best of Dave's lyrics, and is just incredible. It is also great on The Central Park Concert. 5/5
Pay For What You Get-Good song, with good guitar and message, but not something to listen to over and over. Just OK. 3.5/5
#34-One of the highlights of the cd. The third best and most beautiful song DMB ever played. This song doesn't need words. It is spectacular. 5/5
Overall, this cd is great. Go out and buy it. You will not be wasting your money.
1. Best of What's Around- A catchy tune with good lyrics. This is a great opening tune.
2. What Would You Say?- This song is catchy and fun.
3. Satellite- A DMB classic. Amazing lyrics. Also, this song spotlights the talents of every band member.
4. Rhyme and Reason- A "darker" tune, with lyrics that make you think.
5. Typical Situation- Poetic lyrics, good instrumental solos.
6. Dancing Nancies- "What's the use in worry, what's use in hurry?"
7. Ants Marching- I'm sure everyone has heard this catchy song before.
8. Lover Lay Down- The slowest tune on the album. Very sweet.
9. Jimi Thing- Another good, catchy song.
10. Warehouse- "Turn all the lights on, so we can see the black cat changing colors..." Great solos from all the band members.
11. Pay For What You Get- By far, my favorite song of all time. Slow and jazzy.
34. #34- A purely instrumental number, which showcases the wide range of talents from all the members of the band.
Overall, this album proves that Dave Matthews Band really is the Best of What's Around. I highly recommend this CD!
Most recent customer reviews
This is the worst band in the history of music and just as expected they come with the worst fans in the history of the world! Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by HeidiKakes
Well I'd like to first start by saying this is my first DMB album. I had difficulty choosing between this album and crash, but there both excellent choices, you can't go wrong. Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Evan
Below average. I give this album two stars just for Ants Marching and Satellite, and I'm being kind. Read morePublished on June 3 2004
This is probably the most fun Dave Matthews Band album. Most of the songs have a great sing along quality. The playing is loose and vibrant. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Scott M. Geyer
State Fair. Like riding bumper cars, and then checking out the livestock tent. Everything is for real, just organized.
This is as close to a perfect CD as you will find. The songs complement eachother so completely that the songs seem to almost blend into one melodious song with different acts. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by Thomas Palmer
Only the second album released by DMB, it's my 2nd runner-up for the category of "classic DMB album," with Crash winning out; still, it was a tough choice. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by Guinevere