Dave Matthews Band Stand Up
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- Released: May 10, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: RCA
Rolling Stone - pp.73-743.5 stars out of 5 - "[T]here's lots of enlightened riff-rock and splashes of color....The band's singular groove is as self-sustaining as ever..."
Entertainment Weekly - No. 819, p.84"[T]he disc hopscotches among a dizzying array of sounds and approaches..." - Grade: A-
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1193 stars out of 5 -- "[N]ow they're changing...to folk-funk/hardcore-gospel! The fundamental is the intimacy gathered around Matthews' new frontporch growl."
- 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 And 3rd
- 12.You Might Die Trying
- 13.Steady As We Go
- 14.Hunger For The Great Light
Dave Matthews Band: Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar, piano); Carter Beauford (vocals, drums, percussion); Boyd Tinsley (violin, electric violin); LeRoi Moore (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Stefan Lessard (bass guitar).
Personnel: Stefan Lessard (vocals, guitar); Boyd Tinsley (vocals, mandolin); LeRoi Moore (vocals, baritone saxophone); Ann Marie Calhoun, Leo Payne (violin); Jennifer Myer, Susan Dench (viola); David Gee, Audrey Riley (cello); Mark Batson (Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Butch Taylor (Wurlitzer organ); Lee Grove (programming).
Additional personnel: Mark Batson (vocals, piano, Clavinet, organ, Wurlitzer organ, Mellotron, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, percussion); Butch Taylor (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer piano, organ, keyboards, background vocals); Lee Grove (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Mark "Spike" Stent; Serban Ghenea.
Recording information: Haunted Hollow Studio, Charlottesville, VA; Olympic Studios, London, England; Studio Litho, Seattle, WA; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Danny Clinch.
When the members of the Dave Matthews Band commenced recording STAND UP, they did so with the express intent of creating an album markedly different from their past efforts. To this end, they hired R&B/hip-hop producer Mark Batson (Eminem, India Arie) and started down a path of experimentation that re-defined the group's creative process.
Whether on the loop-like electric mandolin lines on "American Baby," the spooky, slowed-down vocal on "Stand Up (For It)," or the psychedelic echo effect on the chorus of "Everybody Wake Up (Our Finest Hour Arrives)," artistic freedom is in the air here, and the musicians sound like they're having the time of their lives. Even Matthews's idiosyncratic vocals are looser and friendlier, and his lyrics seem more in sync with the music. In fact, the album's overall sense of liberation and quirkiness lends it a sound reminiscent of Mitchell Froom's work on Los Lobos' landmark KIKO. Of course, longtime fans of the Dave Matthews Band will find all of their favorite elements here, including syncopated, world-music-inspired grooves, jaw-dropping drum chops, a few extended jams, and the dark, immediately identifiable singing of Matthews himself.
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