• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Jul 16, 2002

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. These are just good tunes, no matter what the window dressing is.
  2. This is such a fascinatingly different take on (mostly) the same material that it almost whets your appetite for a third rendering.
  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. A masterwork filled with heavy violins, silky woodwinds, a driving soprano sax, a haunting bass guitar, and expert melding of jazz and rock, with Latin beats and bluesy overtones.
  5. 80
    As cohesive and potent as Everyday or anything else in the DMB's catalog
  6. Busted Stuff is marked by luxuriously long tracks that maximize the skills of the band.
  7. 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.
  8. Spin
    The best album of Dave Matthews' career--the most coherent and graceful, the least wanky and aw-shucks messianic. [Aug 2002, p.107]
  9. 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.
  10. Blender
    The Lillywhite songs are mostly improved here. [#8, p.119]
  11. Q Magazine
    Though this is a return to Matthews's more meandering ways, some lessons about conciseness have plainly been learned. [Nov 2002, p.108]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. JohnD
    Aug 31, 2009
    For dave fans it's minor. better than everyday worse than the first three.
  2. CurtW
    Mar 6, 2006
    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. Cosmo"john"Prelog
    Jun 3, 2005
    It reminds me of the first time I heard Lou Bega