Away from the World [CD/DVD] [Super Deluxe Edition]

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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. [A Super Deluxe Edition added a bonus disc of live tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2012
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 887254591627
  • Catalog Number: 545916
  • Sales rank: 149,571

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 (9:47)
  12. 12 Gaucho (4:50)
  13. 13 Mercy (8:52)
  14. 14 Sweet (4:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Eh Hee (4:00)
  2. 2 Don't Burn the Pig (4:00)
  3. 3 Say Goodbye (4:00)
  4. 4 Lie in Our Graves (4:00)
  5. 5 What Would You Say (4:00)
  6. 6 Stay or Leave (4:00)
  7. 7 Little Red Bird (4:00)
  8. 8 Blue Water > Best of What's Around (4:00)
  9. 9 Shotgun (4:00)
  10. 10 Don't Drink the Water (4:00)
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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 Composer, Art Direction, Illustrations
Jeff Coffin Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Michael Lane Video Director
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Mark Matthews Composer
John Alagia Composer, Producer, Engineer
Carter Beauford Composer
Joe Lawlor Engineer, Videography, Road Crew
Stefan Lessard Composer
LeRoi Moore Composer
Tim Reynolds Composer
Boyd Tinsley Composer
Ian Kuhn Monitor Engineer, Coloring, Digital Layout, Road Crew
Dave Matthews Band Composer
Scott Hull Mastering
Lars Fox Pro-Tools
Steve Vance Road Crew
Randy McDonald Road Crew
Brook Langton Road Crew
Bill Greer Road Crew
Dale Vaughn Road Crew
Sean Stanley Road Crew
Craig Baker Guitar Techician, Road Crew
Rashawn Ross Composer
Justin Armstrong Engineer
Coran Capshaw Management
Bob Chaize Road Crew
Pete Franks Road Crew
Henry Luniewski Drum Technician, Road Crew
Hank McHugh Road Crew
Lonnie Quinn Road Crew
Mike Rinehart Road Crew
Arnold Simmons Camera Operator, Road Crew
Fenton Williams Road Crew
Rodger Baughman Road Crew
Gregory Botimer Road Crew
Carrie Charbonneau Road Crew
Mo Dinsmore Camera Operator, Road Crew
Allyson Fief Road Crew
Gregory Frederick Road Crew
Kara Gilfoil Road Crew
Ernie Haughey Road Crew
Andrew Labriola Road Crew
Poli Nightingale Road Crew
Daryl Pearsall Road Crew
Aaron Stinebrink Road Crew
Edgar Stuckey Road Crew
Alex Stultz Road Crew
Rob Tison Road Crew
Mike Puckett Road Crew
Ryan Gilligan Pro-Tools
David Diaz Road Crew
Floyd Reitsma Engineer
Geoff Trump Road Crew
Tommy Lyon Road Crew
Erik Porter Bass Technician, Road Crew
Bo Ives Road Crew
Jeff "Bagby" Thomas Live Sound Engineer, Road Crew
Mike Lane Road Crew
Lisa Boland Road Crew
Richard Genereux Road Crew
Jerry Johnson Road Crew
Jim Hathaway Road Crew
Anthony Giordano Road Crew
Keith Cummings Road Crew
John Scandary Road Crew
Jim Null Road Crew
Jerry Fitzpatrick Road Crew
Zack Phifer Road Crew
Willy Williamson Road Crew
Wayne McMillin Road Crew
Robert Jordan Road Crew
David Ariwe Colorist
Chris Byrum Camera Operator, Road Crew
Fiona Bohane Road Crew
Alex Serkey Road Crew
Andrew Hucks-Folliss Road Crew
Tom Whittaker Road Crew
Todd Coogen Road Crew
Steven Frailey Road Crew
Steve Olean Road Crew
Simon Knudsen Road Crew
Monica Cook Road Crew
Mike Pollina Road Crew
Mike Forges Road Crew
Mark Frazier Road Crew
Lupe Garcia Road Crew
David Martin Road Crew
Pati Villegas Road Crew
Chad Gorr Road Crew
Bryan Strickland Road Crew
Brandon Kasler Road Crew
Brad Galvin Road Crew
Anne Churchill Road Crew
Andrew Miller Road Crew
Bo O'Brien Video Engineer, Road Crew
Kevin Harber Road Crew
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