Away from the World

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Getting back to the basics after a semi-extended break, Dave Matthews Band reunites with producer Steve Lillywhite -- the man who helmed their big major-label hits of the '90s -- for Away from the World, 2012's long-gestating sequel to 2009's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. This marks the first time Lillywhite has worked with DMB since 1998's Before These Crowded Streets, and there's no denying he's the best producer for the band, articulating their elasticity with clarity and reigning in their excesses. Which isn't to say Away from the World is streamlined, as it hardly is. It has frayed ends and odd shifts, moments of great exuberance countered with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Getting back to the basics after a semi-extended break, Dave Matthews Band reunites with producer Steve Lillywhite -- the man who helmed their big major-label hits of the '90s -- for Away from the World, 2012's long-gestating sequel to 2009's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. This marks the first time Lillywhite has worked with DMB since 1998's Before These Crowded Streets, and there's no denying he's the best producer for the band, articulating their elasticity with clarity and reigning in their excesses. Which isn't to say Away from the World is streamlined, as it hardly is. It has frayed ends and odd shifts, moments of great exuberance countered with quivering sensitivity, tightly written pop songs giving way to mini-epics, love songs balanced with ribald paeans to dripping peaches and full bellies. It's a little of everything that the Dave Matthews Band does, condensed to a relatively tight 53 minutes, Lillywhite giving the inherent digressions crispness and warmth, just like he did on Under the Table and Dreaming and Crash, but for as much as this recalls the sound of prime '90s DMB, Away from the World is clearly the work of a veteran band, one not so concerned with hits, one that likes to live within the well-etched world they've created. Sure, a few of these songs could conceivably cross over beyond the DMB diehards -- "If Only" is underpinned by some seductive soul groove, "Rooftop" carries a big pop hook, while the sex romp "Belly Belly Nice" evokes memories of "Ants Marching" -- but there is no real attempt to broaden their audience, nor is there the self-conscious stretching that marked some of Matthews' 2000s albums. Matthews is quite content where he is, writing songs about his family, wife, the world, and life as he approaches middle age, happy to consolidate DMB's strengths without quite seeming settled. Consequently, Away from the World is a bit of a rare thing: a return to form lacking an ounce of nostalgia.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2012
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 887254352723
  • Catalog Number: 543527
  • Sales rank: 11,449

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Broken Things (3:48)
  2. 2 Belly Belly Nice (3:53)
  3. 3 Mercy (4:28)
  4. 4 Gaucho (4:25)
  5. 5 Sweet (4:12)
  6. 6 The Riff (5:35)
  7. 7 Belly Full (1:43)
  8. 8 If Only (5:38)
  9. 9 Rooftop (4:12)
  10. 10 Snow Outside (6:11)
  11. 11 Drunken Soldier (9:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Matthews Band Primary Artist
Dave Matthews Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Jeff Coffin Flute, Alto Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Roger Smith Organ
Carter Beauford Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Stefan Lessard Bass, fender rhodes
Tim Reynolds Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Boyd Tinsley Violin
Rashawn Ross Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Keyboards, Bass Trumpet, Background Vocals
Youth Ch-Op Choir Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Matthews Art Direction, Illustrations
Ted Jensen Mastering
Steve Lillywhite Producer
John Alagia Producer, Engineer
Joe Lawlor Videography
Ian Kuhn Coloring, Digital Layout
Lars Fox Pro-Tools
Craig Baker Guitar Techician
Justin Armstrong Engineer
Coran Capshaw Management
Henry Luniewski Drum Technician
Ryan Gilligan Pro-Tools
David J. Matthews Composer
Floyd Reitsma Engineer
Erik Porter Bass Technician
Coffin Composer
Tinsley Composer
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