Inevitably we can all think of those calm summer nights or long car rides, heart-to-hearts or just plain jam sessions in the shower to the Dave Matthews Band. Matthews is pivotal in so many of our adolescent and early adult lives that in numerous instances we find he can do no wrong. In his latest album, “Away From the World,” he and his band prove yet again that loyal fans will always appreciate their mellow tunes.
Considering this is the band’s newest album, after a three-year sabbatical, listeners and dedicated DMB enthusiasts were anticipating their usual dose of the band’s customary sounds. Much to the fanatics’ disbelief, DMB has reinvented their music.
With slower jams and a more somber sound, previous songs like “Ants Marching” and “Shake Me Like a Monkey” are virtually an afterthought.
Since its debut, “Away from the World” has remained number one on the iTunes top 100 albums, solidifying that although they changed their sound, Dave Matthews Band still remains relevant.
The album opens with “Broken Things,” one of the more gritty songs featured. However, the gritty tone should not deter from the overall message: love.
With lyrics, “Oh my love, my heart is set on you,” the sweet melodic message is highlighted with the band’s usual saxophone, violin and electric guitar. Another line from the song, “Well, how could we know that our lives would be so full of beautifully broken things?” shows a passionate message, which is conveyed overall in countless songs from the band.
“Mercy,” the first single that was released and the most popular song to appear on the album, could, in some ways, be considered a gospel song. Based on its message of love and salvation and a reference to God, lyrics like, “Mercy, we will overcome this, oh one by one, we could turn it around,” suggests the song is stemmed from some religious roots.
Though the somberness of most of the album is the main happening, both songs “Rooftop” and “Belly Belly Nice” add a little more flair to the record as a whole.
If listeners are struggling with a quieter Dave, listening to both of these songs brings back some of the sounds featured in the band’s preceding album, “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.”
All in all, it is safe to say that the Dave Matthews Band has reinvented its sound.
Though this could be a debatable topic, the band might feel a need for change to start appealing to an even larger fan base.
They certainly have a distinct sound that few artists nowadays can be compared to. However, the biggest thing without question is that DMB will always remain authentic.
Still, Matthews will always remain applicable to our lives. His music soothes our soul through good times, bad times and the occasional moments where we feel the need to “Crash.”
No matter how they change their sound, Dave Matthews Band will unavoidably stay a part of our lives and the lives of future generations.