• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Jul 16, 2002
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Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30

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  1. raVen
    Aug 3, 2003
    dMb at their best is always a 10, and this is that--again.
  2. zack
    Oct 8, 2002
    this was a exelent album going back to the routes of the old dmb
  3. JessicaW.
    Aug 17, 2002
    Thankfully this album makes up for the debacle that was Everyday.
  4. Cosmo"john"Prelog
    Jun 3, 2005
    It reminds me of the first time I heard Lou Bega
  5. 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.
  6. JohnD
    Aug 31, 2009
    For dave fans it's minor. better than everyday worse than the first three.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Jul 17, 2002
    It is truly incredible that a band can take great bootleg songs and make them better! My only complaint is that I didn't like the new version of Big Eyed Fish, but Grey Street is so very very powerful. This album is a classic and a great rebound from Everyday
  8. Jay
    Jul 17, 2002
    It's a great album, except for one track..."BEF" what used to be a great song on the LillyWhite Sessions, turned into something that sounds well...busted.
  9. TimW.
    Jul 15, 2002
    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.
  10. JoeR.
    Jul 16, 2002
    i think this album is a masterpiece its everything dave matthews band fans have come to love music that leaves you felling high
  11. ChrisE.
    Jul 22, 2002
    "The Lillywhite Sessions" was a 10... this pass does not improve on any of those originals and only dilutes their power in overproduction.
  12. CraigH.
    Jul 29, 2002
    A definite rebound from Everyday. Busted Stuff is one of my favorite Dave albums yet. With Busted Stuff, DMB has returned to their instrumental roots and pure music. My only complaint is that Leroi's sax isn't as prominent in songs like Big-Eyed Fish and Digging A Ditch. That's ok though, awesome DMB album that will win new fans.
  13. JonO.
    Aug 22, 2002
    Its what Dave Matthews Band has always been about--they get better everyday.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.