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Old 09-17-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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Discuss, and be nice. The views do not represent the site's opinion, just mine. Can the site have an opinion? Hmm.

Away from the World, the new album from Dave Matthews and The Band, has just hit the streets. No, I haven't lost my mind and forgotten the name of the band for which this site exists. Quite the contrary; this album is simultaneously one of the great musical accomplishments for the band, as well as a near solo showcase for Dave himself. Read on past the break for a more in depth look.
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    Re: antsmarching.org Away From The World Review

    Good review. Pretty much sums up how I feel about this album.
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    Old 09-17-2012, 03:07 PM   #3
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    4.6/5..? C'mon now...
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    Old 09-17-2012, 03:14 PM   #4
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    Re: antsmarching.org Away From The World Review

    When I put this cd in the first few times I was disappointed. I thought it would sit in my car for the next few weeks, taken out and forgotten about. But I can't stop listening to it. Even Mercy which annoys the hell out of me for some reason has great musicianship and I dreaded Sweet on this cd but it's in my top 3 of all the tracks. It's perfect. Great review.
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    Re: antsmarching.org Away From The World Review

    Aside from your view on Gaucho, just can't bring myself to like that song, I'd say you hit the nail on the head. Well written review Matt. Summed it up quite nicely.
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    Excellent review, my sentiments exactly
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    Re: antsmarching.org Away From The World Review

    Completely agree on your assessment of Drunken Solider. If it was the last song the band ever laid down on a track, I wouldn't be disappointed. Additionally, felt the same way the first full play through; Without knowing the songs or the lyrics, I thought I was listening to a Floyd album where every track bleeds into the next.

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    Old 09-17-2012, 03:35 PM   #8
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    I think your review is good, but calling it a masterpiece is somewhat misleading.
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    Old 09-17-2012, 03:40 PM   #9
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    Completely agree on your assessment of Drunken Solider. If it was the last song the band ever laid down on a track, I wouldn't be disappointed. Additionally, felt the same way the first full play through; Without knowing the songs or the lyrics, I thought I was listening to a Floyd album where every track bleeds into the next.
    I don't get this. While the album has 4 or 5 stellar tracks the flow is off. How does belly belly nice bleed into mercy?
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    Old 09-17-2012, 03:40 PM   #10
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    i really think you got it wrong at the end. DMB is definitely an example of a band that proves that "bands can still do it" 20 years later (with regards to making new music).
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    Matt, I don't quite get your hammering on the point of of Dave being front and center. Particularly, with respect to his vocal performances. It's pop-rock music; if there isn't a strong vocal piece to nearly every song, we're talking about a different genre. Secondarily, Dave being the centerpiece of the band is not exactly a new phenomenon. The majority of the songs have always been written exclusively by him (if the printed credits are anything to go by). So, why emphasize that point so much?

    I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just curious why you brought it up so much. /shrug
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    i really think you got it wrong at the end. DMB is definitely an example of a band that proves that "bands can still do it" 20 years later (with regards to making new music).
    sorry. i meant to say that DMB is definitely not an example
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    Very good review, this album is simply a great one.
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    Matt, I don't quite get your hammering on the point of of Dave being front and center. Particularly, with respect to his vocal performances. It's pop-rock music; if there isn't a strong vocal piece to nearly every song, we're talking about a different genre. Secondarily, Dave being the centerpiece of the band is not exactly a new phenomenon. The majority of the songs have always been written exclusively by him (if the printed credits are anything to go by). So, why emphasize that point so much?

    I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just curious why you brought it up so much. /shrug
    I think what he's getting at is in regards to the production of the album. It seems very clear to me in the way the album was mixed that Dave's voice was made to stand out and take center stage much more than past efforts. In that respect, there seems to be a clear division throughout the album of when Dave and his vocals is the center focus and when the band performance takes over. These aspects blended together a bit more in the past.
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    Old 09-17-2012, 04:58 PM   #15
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    Re: antsmarching.org Away From The World Review

    Read the review again, and must say it's probably my favorite read on the album so far. Thanks again
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    Old 09-17-2012, 05:38 PM   #16
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    Thought the review was a little biased. Not a 4.6 of out 5. Maybe a 4.0 though
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    I think you completely undersold Rooftop, IMHO. That song is solid.
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    Nice review! I gave it a 9 on metacritic user reviews. Wish it was just a little bit longer!!
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    Your writing is repetitive and biased. I liked the album too, but it doesn't mean you need to ballwash Dave in every song.
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    Your writing is repetitive and biased. I liked the album too, but it doesn't mean you need to ballwash Dave in every song.
    jeez, the kids aren't even trying to hide the alters anymore...
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    Your writing is repetitive and biased. I liked the album too, but it doesn't mean you need to ballwash Dave in every song.
    Can we please stop with this word??? This is a Dave Matthews Band FAN SITE!!! There is nothing wrong with enjoying the work they do, you are not any cooler by hating on songs and/or albums.
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    Can we please stop with this word??? This is a Dave Matthews Band FAN SITE!!! There is nothing wrong with enjoying the work they do, you are not any cooler by hating on songs and/or albums.
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    I must have hurt poor Matt's feelings, because he banned me. Okay Matt I'm sorry, your writing is far superior to anything anybody else has ever written. That better?

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    Can we please stop with this word??? This is a Dave Matthews Band FAN SITE!!! There is nothing wrong with enjoying the work they do, you are not any cooler by hating on songs and/or albums.
    I wasn't trying to be cool, if you were smart you would have read my whole post, which stated that I liked the new album... There's a difference between ballwashing and genuinely liking something pal
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    double post

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    jeez, the kids aren't even trying to hide the alters anymore...
    kids? Do you patronize everyone all the time, or just over a forums site?
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    There is nothing wrong with enjoying the work they do, you are not any cooler by hating on songs and/or albums.
    yes I am, shut up
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    If you genuinely like anything this band does around here you are "ballwashing" according to 80% of the douche's on here.
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    Terrific review Matt, couldn't have said it better myself!
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