Away From The World (Dave Matthews Band, 2012)

How many bands that have countless live albums? Extensive tour. I mean every single damn year. Except 2011 to comemmorate their 20 years in music? There’s only one band. Dave Matthews Band.

On February 7, 2012, Dave Matthews Band was announced as a headliner for the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. This is the first officially announced tour date for the band in 2012. Other headliners at this event will be Jack White and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Away From The World is their seventh studio album. Their second album without LeRoi Moore. Moore died suddenly in August 2008 due to complications from an ATV accident. He was saxophonist and also founder of the the band along with David John Matthews as singer-songwriter and guitarist, bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer/backing vocalist Carter Beauford.

Dave Matthews reunites with Steve Lilywhite. Producer of their first three albums. Under The Table And Dreaming (1994), Crash (1996), Before These Crowded Street (1998). Their most recognizable albums. Classic ones.

Lilywhite takes DMB to where they belongs. Brassy, funky and music like they used to be.

1. Broken Things

Dont you love the falsetto sound of Dave Matthews when he croons “Oh my love my heart is set on you, set on you” and trailing off into violin solo from Boyd. Beauty.

2. Belly Belly

Open by brassy sound and boom suddenly it’s 90’s again. The song evokes me to Ants Marching era. You can’t get too much love. Don’t you feel it in your belly go get you some!

3. Mercy

Their first single from this album. A lil bit political and deep lyrics. But the music sound simple and catchy. Simple is good when it comes to this band.

4. Gaucho

The guitar work reminiscent me to their first album. A kids choir is also singing the chorus line with Dave “We gotta do much more than believe if we really wanna change things”  in the end finish by nice saxophone solo.

5.  Sweet

A simple and short song. Dave only sing with his ukulele before the group comes in with solid touches at the end.

6. The Riff

My favorite song in this album. Love the lyrics. “If you stay with me that don’t mean we gotta stay the same.. If you stay with me baby you and me will change the game… You stay with me I’ll follow you and we can start again.”

7. Belly Full

I don’t know why but this song reminds me to Eddie Vedder with his solo album. If the songs last a little bit longer this song can be memorable one.

8. If Only

Simple lost love song. A boy who wants his girl back. He just can’t forget her. He loves her so much. What more can you ask?

9. Rooftop

 Another lost love song. Now he tries harder. Standing on the rooftop and screams “I want you to tell me that you want me too”. It’s ok to be honest with yourself. Just scream your heart out.

10. Snow Outside

The vocal melody is one of the key in this song. It’s a jamming song. Spontaneous. But still Carter Beauford, the drummer, has always been the metronomic glue for the band. Well it’s not a surprise DMB is a live band.

11. Drunken Soldier

Duration 09:45. Magnum Opus from this album. Probably song of the year 2012. I don’t know how to label this song. It’s folk. It’s a rock. It’s a progressive. Many twist. Lyrically strong. Dave sings his heart out. It’s Dave Matthews Band at its best.  Give yourself a few spin you won’t regret it. It’s a promise.

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