Sunday, June 27, 2010
cd sunday: dave matthews band's crash
the second installment of my top 20 favorite albums brings me to another old favorite. this album entered my collection at some point in high school. my good friend jeff plays the drums and bought dmb drummer carter beauford's under the table and drumming dvd. i had always dismissed dave matthews band for their jam band image, but after watching that dvd i was mesmorized both with beauford's drumming, and the music that they were creating.
jeff recommended that i get this album first, and it wasn't long before i bought all the dmb albums i could find. but crash remained one of my favorites. for starters, this is one incredibly talented band. they are doing stuff on this album that just wasn't done at the time it came out. they were writing clever and creative music that included strings, and a sax, on top of the traditional drums, bass, guitar, and each were so gifted.
my first roommate in college showed me that during their heyday, you were either a lover or a hater. i the former, he the latter. he couldn't understand how anyone could like dave matthews band. maybe it is too technical? maybe they lack the radio hit formula? maybe some of the songs go on too long?
whatever the reason, i loved this album from the get go. songs that still stand out to me are "let you down", "tripping billies", and of course "cry freedom" came in to new light after my trip to south africa.
i'll be back next weekend with more of my top 20 favorite albums of all time.
1. u2 - the joshua tree