- Audio CD (May 1 1996)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony Music Canada
- ASIN: B000002WYT
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 363 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Matthews,Dave Band ~ Crash
It's tempting to label the Dave Matthews Band as torchbearers of the Grateful Dead's moderate rock fusion and send them off on the next summer tour featuring either Blues Traveler or the Spin Doctors. But there is more at work here, particularly on the band's second major-label release. Crash pairs soothing sounds (flute, acoustic guitar, six-string bass) with a dark emotional undercurrent. The South African (by way of Virginia) frontman reveals a rare intensity on the title track and the free-form "41", while the group shows that it's not afraid to let loose on songs such as the stirring "Too Much". Producer Steve Lillywhite adds an impressive sheen to the recordings. --Aidin Vaziri
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Although Before These Crowded Streets is slightly better (due to it's more jazzy songs and better melodies, but that's my opinion), Crash is wonderfully great. A lot of songs have that quality that will have you listen to them again and again. And the band's original mix of instruments and Matthews' great voice and lyrics are definitely worthwile. Songs like "Two Step" and "Say Goodbye" are so beautiful, while songs like "Drive In Drive Out" have such powerfull rifs in them, i could go on and on and on... The DMB are just one of those bands in the 90's which you can't forget.
Are you in a sad mood? Are you happy? Are you melancholic? Do you want to hear something that will you make you happy again? Do you want to hear something that emotionally touches you?? DMB will provide it, also with this effort. Whatever you think, you can't deny this : this is a band which stands for QUALITY!!!
All of the above.
It sees the band move on from the tremendous "Under the table and dreaming" to come up with arguably their best song in "Crash into Me". The truthfulness and almost naive honesty in the lines "I watch you there through the window and I stare at you, you wear nothing but you wear it so well, tied up and twisted the way I like to be" make this a work of art.
There are many other gems on this album: "Cry Freedom" sees Matthews return to his South African roots and "Let You Down" gives a sincere and beautiful apology for indescressions past.
If nothing else, buy this for "Crash into Me". "You've got your ball you've got your chain, tied to you tight, tie me up again. Who's got their claws in you my friend?" Music and poetry do not get better than this!