• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Jun 2, 2009
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 58
  2. Negative: 4 out of 58

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  1. GregA
    Jun 3, 2009
    0
    Absolutely insulting to the world of music. Why anyone would listen to this boyish, simple, lackluster music is beyond me--much less give it a good review.
  2. Joe
    Jun 3, 2009
    4
    I'm a fan of the DMB that is 30 minute Bartender and Lie in our Graves. The older stuff I guess. This album is definitely not in that vein. It's just not the record for me.
  3. BrandonW
    Jul 13, 2009
    0
    I love it when the die hard DMB fans continue to say "best album ever" every time they release a new album. Now if we were to go back in time to the 90's, I would agree that every album that came out during that span was the "best album" (ending its run with BTCS). Lillywhite Sessions was good but of course that material was raw and lacking both lyrically and musically - hence the I love it when the die hard DMB fans continue to say "best album ever" every time they release a new album. Now if we were to go back in time to the 90's, I would agree that every album that came out during that span was the "best album" (ending its run with BTCS). Lillywhite Sessions was good but of course that material was raw and lacking both lyrically and musically - hence the need for Busted Stuff, which was definitely up to par with the 90's sound and depth the band possessed. But this 'Big Whiskey' album is a load of fluff and mundane mediocrity. This is possibly the worst effort given by Dave when it comes to writing intricate lyrics - instead they come out as repetitive boredom. For example, check out the last track of the album: "The two of us together...yeah...yeah." We he feels he needs to repeat that a 100 times throughout the song is beyond me. Someone on here said it best - the rich, wealthy Dave needs to get back to his roots, as does the rest of the band. Sadly the only band member who was tapped into his roots and wanting to get back the sound that made DMB great is deceased. After 5 years of promising new songs heard live like Idea of You and so forth, we get this garbage? I own every DMB album and I could care less to purchase this one. Expand
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Throughout, the spectre of death rarely recedes, but life--embodied by the proto-DMB revelry of 'Why I Am'--still prevails.
  2. Big Whiskey, though, is a lot like a New Orleans funeral parade--mourning and zest balled into big, brawny music.
  3. 70
    A fond, funky farewell.