Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King

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

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 59
  2. Negative: 4 out of 59

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  1. JDV
    Jun 5, 2009
    5
    The music is there, but I miss young miserable Dave's lyrics. Rich happy Dave forgot how to write lyrics and arguably his more complex rhythms. Anyone that calls this DMB's best, has clearly never heard, or forgotten Under the Table, Recently EP, and if we're going to include live albums, Red Rocks...nothing else compares.
  2. BrentS
    Jun 13, 2009
    6
    Very bland. Better than Stand up. But the hooks are missing except on three songs. Quite dull thoughout, even with the "difficult" to play time signatures that people keep mentioning. I really wanted to like this, but the album is plain dull.
  3. 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.
  4. Jan 11, 2014
    5
    Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King was the exception to the rule for me: it got worse every time I re-listened to it. When I first listened to it, I thought it was a great album with only two or three songs that may not be as good as the rest of the album. However, that has flipped, and now I only like three songs on the album (Lying in the Hands of God, Squirm, and You & Me). Still, IBig Whiskey And The GrooGrux King was the exception to the rule for me: it got worse every time I re-listened to it. When I first listened to it, I thought it was a great album with only two or three songs that may not be as good as the rest of the album. However, that has flipped, and now I only like three songs on the album (Lying in the Hands of God, Squirm, and You & Me). Still, I cannot say it is a terrible album, but it certainly continues the downward slide of Dave Matthews Band since Crash, which is unfortunate for such a uniquely talented group. 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.