Busted Stuff - Dave Matthews Band
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  • Summary: Even the most casual DMB fan knows the story by now: Dave & Co. record a dark, challenging album with producer Steve Lillywhite, those "Lillywhite Sessions" are leaked onto the Internet where the tracks quickly become fan favorites, and the band chooses not to release them, instead heading back into the studio with producer Glen Ballard to record 'Everyday.' The new studio LP 'Busted Stuff' does not contain those original tracks from the 2000 sessions, but nine of those songs (plus two new tracks) are here, newly recorded. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
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  1. This is such a fascinatingly different take on (mostly) the same material that it almost whets your appetite for a third rendering.
  2. These are just good tunes, no matter what the window dressing is.
  3. Remarkably, these songs not only retain their emotional core even after they've been cleaned up, but they perhaps even gain more resonance in this setting.
  4. 80
    As cohesive and potent as Everyday or anything else in the DMB's catalog
  5. 70
    The best album of Dave Matthews' career--the most coherent and graceful, the least wanky and aw-shucks messianic. [Aug 2002, p.107]
  6. Busted Stuff does strip away some of the Lillywhite mystique, dropping the exaggerated façade of "lost classic" status, but it further illustrates that Matthews' discards are often more compelling than his hits.
  7. The band still tends to overplay: Its fussiness undercuts the strongest of the new tracks, "You Never Know," even as the singer reaches for some falsetto salvation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. TimW.
    Jul 15, 2002
    10
    this is a good one, perhaps their best. a must buy for fans and, well, anyone who enjoys good music. dave matthews have once again returned to the rock scene to teach the kids how to make inspired and well-crafted melodies. Expand
  2. CurtW
    Mar 6, 2006
    10
    I love the music of dave matthews and his band. this cd in my opinion is one of his best non-live cds he has.
  3. JoeR.
    Jul 16, 2002
    10
    i think this album is a masterpiece its everything dave matthews band fans have come to love music that leaves you felling high
  4. zack
    Oct 8, 2002
    10
    this was a exelent album going back to the routes of the old dmb
  5. raVen
    Aug 3, 2003
    10
    dMb at their best is always a 10, and this is that--again.
  6. JonO.
    Aug 22, 2002
    9
    Its what Dave Matthews Band has always been about--they get better everyday.
  7. Cosmo"john"Prelog
    Jun 3, 2005
    1
    It reminds me of the first time I heard Lou Bega

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