- Released: July 15, 2002
- Label: RCA
Rolling Stone - 8/8/02, p.773 stars out of 5
- "...At its best, BUSTED STUFF suggests [previous album] EVERYDAY was a controversial but necessary detour....STUFF suggests a new lesson is starting to take hold: sometimes simplistic is the best route to the heart of the song."
Spin - 8/02, p.1077 out of 10
- "...BUSTED STUFF is where Matthews finally gets serious...,The best album of Dave Matthews' career--the most coherent and graceful..."
Entertainment Weekly - 7/19/02, pp.71-2
"...It's the most impressive grappling with God any pop star has sustained since Bono got peeved at his Father on POP..." - Rating: A-
- 1.Busted Stuff
- 2.Grey Street
- 3.Where Are You Going
- 4.You Never Know
- 7.Grace Is Gone
- 8.Kit Kat Jam
- 9.Digging A Ditch
- 10.Big Eyed Fish
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Dave Matthews Band: Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar); Stefan Lessard (dobro, piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Boyd Tinsley (violin); LeRoi Moore (pennywhistle, saxophone); Carter Beauford (drums).
Recorded at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, California.
"Where Are You Going" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
Personnel: Stefan Lessard (dobro, piano); Boyd Tinsley (violin); LeRoi Moore (pennywhistle, saxophone); Carter Beauford (drums).
Audio Mixer: John Alagia.
Recording information: The Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA.
Photographer: Danny Clinch.
The Dave Matthews Band built its huge following in the '90s through their explosive live shows, where their swirling, propulsive blend of funk rhythms, jazzy harmonies, and unusual time signatures endeared them to crowd after crowd. BUSTED STUFF seems like the culmination of a process that's been underway ever since the band's heady, jam-band beginnings. While the musical muscle-flexing of Matthews and company is still in evidence, a greater emphasis than ever seems to be placed on the melodic songcraft aspect of things. The chorus of "Grey Street" for example, is one of the most accessible, pop-friendly moments in the Matthews canon to date. Even Matthews's legendarily quirky, clipped singing style is broadened here, with longer, more melodic phrases wherein our boy can't help sounding a bit like Sting. Jumpy grooves and fiery violin and sax work are still in evidence, but BUSTED STUFF operates on a whole other level than the Dave Matthews band's earlier work.