Some Devil - Dave Matthews
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  • Summary: The first solo release for Dave Matthews (that's right, it's not the Dave Matthews Band this time out) finds him working with artists such as Tim Reynolds and Trey Anastasio (Phish).
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. By far the best showcase for Dave Matthews' seductive, haunting and deep warble.
  2. The despair is often easier to admire than to love.
  3. The Matthews Band's absence does leave a void, mainly because their instrumental acrobatics usually glossed over the flimsier songs written by their fearless leader. [3 Oct 2003, p.70]
  4. Too many of the tracks on Some Devil simply take longer than needed (five minutes on average) to reach their conclusion, most running out of gas somewhere around the three-and-a-half minute mark.
  5. 60
    Matthews's singular skill is adroitly tipping his elastic, emotive voice and sorority-seducing melodies from buoyant to melancholy. [Oct 2003, p.123]
  6. The end results are a bit unwieldy, perhaps, and not always successful, but it is interesting and certainly different than a Dave Matthews Band record.
  7. So Damn Lucky and Trouble are lyrical ballads that succeed through understatement, but elsewhere Gravedigger is an awful, hectoring anti-war lament. [Jan 2004, p.117]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Thomas
    Oct 13, 2003
    10
    Dave makes his first try at a solo album...and to put it bluntly, it rocks! Dave is back.
  2. JohnE.
    Apr 7, 2008
    10
    This is a great deep album I enjoyed it very much, and still do even after listening to it for a couple of years. I never got tired of it. That's the sign of a good album. Collapse
  3. WickedRapunzel
    Oct 21, 2003
    10
    Dave lifts you ups and takes you down through the underground caverns of his soul. It's an amazing album that's lyrically superior to anything released in the past year. Expand
  4. MaajedW
    Feb 2, 2006
    10
    Absolutely amazing music. It's dark, melodious and definitely has a touch of genius!
  5. BradH.
    Dec 19, 2007
    10
    Absolutely amazing. Give it 3 listenings and you will be hooked. A must have for any Dave fan even without his band.
  6. CurtW
    Mar 6, 2006
    9
    Big fan of dave and a big fan of this cd. although i like the eletric violin of boyd tinsley, its not missed that much with these amazing tracks.
  7. JimR
    Oct 6, 2003
    1
    Frat boy drivel, avoid at all costs.

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