Album Details

May 10, 2005
Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, American Trad Rock, Jam Bands, Alternative/Indie Rock

Album Review

The Dave Matthews Band decided to team up with a very different producer for Stand Up -- Mark Batson, who earned his reputation with modern R&B and hip-hop records by the likes of India Arie, Joe, Beyoncé, and Seal. This doesn't result in an extreme makeover but instead puts a gentle gloss on the band's sound that renders it sleek and muted. Batson produces the DMB as he would any other record -- by keeping the mixes relatively spare and open, cutting up the rhythms in the computer, and polishing it all so it glistens. It's much warmer than Glen Ballard's makeover on 2001's Everyday, even if some of the cuts here appear to be pieced together in the studio. Matthews pulls away from the introspection of both Busted Stuff and Some Devil, occasionally reviving the humor that spiked his earlier work. The resulting album may not be to everybody's taste -- some fans will surely miss the loose jams that characterized DMB's '90s work -- but it is an intriguing change of pace for the group.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Dreamgirl
  2. Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back)
  3. Stand Up (For It)
  4. American Baby (Intro)
  5. American Baby
  6. Smooth Rider
  7. Everybody Wake Up (Our Finest Hour Arrives)
  8. Out of My Hands
  9. Hello Again
  10. Louisiana Bayou
  11. Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd
  12. You Might Die Trying
  13. Steady as We Go
  14. Hunger for the Great Light
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