Everyday - Dave Matthews Band
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  • Summary: Matthews' first collaboration with producer Glen Ballard (who has produced albums by Alanis Morissette, No Doubt, and Wilson Phillips) results in a collection of shorter, more focused tracks than DMB fans may be accustomed to.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. [Glen] Ballard's production, arrangements, and co-writing duties have massaged the 12 songs into a searing rock album.
  2. Everyday has at least six tracks more beautiful than U2's "Beautiful Day"; the album, needless to say, kicks All That You Can't Leave Behind's behind.
  3. And though the smarter songs (the more personal "If I Had It All," the easygoing "Fool to Think") benefit from the concision, the group's newfound musical sharpness isn't that of a world-class bar band but that of an outsize stadium act -- all grand gesture and larger-than-life lyrics. Sometimes, as on "I Did It," the band recaptures the spirit of seventies rock in all its innocent fun. Other times, especially on the cloying, overdramatic "The Space Between," it recaptures only those moments that involve holding a lighter high above one's head.
  4. Nearly missing are the charming sax and violin song augmentations. Gone are the tunes that are too long but always find their way back. And gone is some of Matthew's long-faced songwriting personality--now all gussied up in a swirl of quick hits, easy ballads and electric guitar.
  5. It's not that the music is now simplistic, since there's still some tricky rhythms and shifts in tone, but the group doesn't have much room to stretch in Ballard's precise arrangements. In a sense, they sort of benefit from this increased focus, since the group's instrumental excursions can be a little flabby, but it still robs them of much of their character.
  6. In relation to what the Dave Matthews Band is capable of -- or even what they've recorded previously -- it's dreadful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 56
  2. Negative: 7 out of 56
  1. JesssicaM.
    Jun 17, 2001
    10
    Ballard's a dumbass. He convinced Dave and the band that his cd's audience wasn't as indulgent as those of his live shows- thereby making the songs shorter and robbing them of their wonderful character. I'm sure it will be marvelous live, though. Nevertheless, it's Dave, and I'll never leave him. I give him a 10. Expand
  2. PeteF.
    Apr 11, 2002
    10
    Dave already established himself as an immensely talented musician with beautiful lyrics. Now it has come time to push his border. I think its the challenge of every artist to change their style, and if you can do it sucessfully (like this album) then you can prove yourself in the long run. Expand
  3. EricB
    Apr 7, 2006
    10
    For anyone who really knows what good music is;pretty much a music majoir like myself, would have to know that Dave Matthews is increadably musicly talented, and anyone who differs is most likely some emo head that shouldn't even open there mouths!! Expand
  4. EricT.
    Oct 27, 2001
    8
    a little different than the normal dmb, but still as good as hoped.
  5. EdD.
    Jul 5, 2001
    7
    He should of stuck with the older type of music that he plays instead of jumping into rock.
  6. John
    Oct 4, 2001
    6
    Everyday has its catchy songs, but this is not one of the best DMB records. I don't understand why Dave felt he needed to go to Glen and change the sound of the band. Gone are the long solos that we as DMB fans are accustomed to. I really believe Lillywhite sessions would have been their best album if they had released it. That is a true Dave Matthews Band record. I will continue to buy their CD's...i just hope they go back to their original, rocking sound. None of this pop stuff. They don't need more fans. But I'm glad they came out with Everyday. some of the songs are going to be DMB classics. But their old stuff is by far much better. I hope their next CD is like another Lillywhite Sessions. See you later Glen Ballard...go back to your pop bands. Expand
  7. JeffreyD.
    Mar 28, 2002
    0
    Terrible. So uninspired that it makes me ill. Matthews has obviouly been doing too much crack, b/c his brain has obviously melted into goo. He hasn't made a halfway decent record since "Crash", and his latest is by far his worst. Just disgusting. Expand

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