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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Dave Matthews Band made their reputation through touring, spending endless nights on the road improvising. Often, their records hinted at the eclecticism and adventure inherent in those improvisation, but Before These Crowded Streets is the first album to fully capture that adventurous spirit. Not coincidentally, it's their least accessible record, even if it's more of a consolidation than it is a step forward. Early Dave Matthews albums were devoted to the worldbeat fusions of Graceland and Sting, but his RCA efforts incorporated these influences into a smoother, pop-oriented style. Here, everything hangs out. Old trademarks, like jittery acoustic grooves ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Dave Matthews Band made their reputation through touring, spending endless nights on the road improvising. Often, their records hinted at the eclecticism and adventure inherent in those improvisation, but Before These Crowded Streets is the first album to fully capture that adventurous spirit. Not coincidentally, it's their least accessible record, even if it's more of a consolidation than it is a step forward. Early Dave Matthews albums were devoted to the worldbeat fusions of Graceland and Sting, but his RCA efforts incorporated these influences into a smoother, pop-oriented style. Here, everything hangs out. Old trademarks, like jittery acoustic grooves and jazzy chords, are here, augmented by complex polyrhythms, Mideastern dirges, and on two tracks, the slashing strings of the Kronos Quartet. Some fans may find the new, darker textures a little disarming at first, but they're a logical extension of the group's work, and in many ways, this sonic daring results in the most rewarding album they've yet recorded. The Dave Matthews Band haven't completely vanquished their demons, however -- songwriting remains a problem, especially since relying on grooves, improvisation, and texture allows them to skimp on melody, and Matthews' lyrics can be awkward and embarrassing, especially if he's writing about sex. Still, these are minor flaws on an album that relies on tone and improvisation, both of which are in ample supply on Before These Crowded Streets.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/1998
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636766027
  • Catalog Number: 67660
  • Sales rank: 21,446

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pantala Naga Pampa (0:40)
  2. 2 Rapunzel (6:00)
  3. 3 The Last Stop (6:57)
  4. 4 Don't Drink the Water (7:01)
  5. 5 Stay (Wasting Time) (5:35)
  6. 6 Halloween (5:07)
  7. 7 The Stone (7:28)
  8. 8 Crush (8:09)
  9. 9 The Dreaming Tree (8:48)
  10. 10 Pig (6:57)
  11. 11 Spoon (7:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Matthews Band Primary Artist
Dave Matthews Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
John D'earth Trumpet
Kronos Quartet Ensemble
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Hank Dutt Viola
Béla Fleck Banjo
David Harrington Violin
Joan Jeanrenaud Cello
Brenda White-King Background Vocals
Cindy Myzelle Background Vocals
John Sherba Violin
Butch Taylor Organ, Piano
Alanis Morissette Vocals
Carter Beauford Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Greg Howard Chapman Stick
Stefan Lessard Bass
LeRoi Moore Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Penny Whistle
Tim Reynolds Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Boyd Tinsley Violin
Technical Credits
John D'earth Orchestral Arrangements
Steve Harris Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Stephen Harris Engineer
Thane Kerner Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    His Best Yet

    This is my favorite DMB cd yet. I can play this cd straight through and not get tired. I recomend this cd to anyone who enjoys his differnet moods because the instruments on this cd express them very well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Darker and more intense for a DMB album

    I got this album for my birthday recently and I have to say, I really loved it. Until now I’ve been listening mainly to the live albums, and some of their more popular songs (such as the ones from Crash), so it came as a surprise to hear tracks on this CD that were so dark and intense. The use of strings on some of these songs was amazing. I really think that this album allowed Boyd to shine, and the backing of other string instruments gave some songs, such as Halloween, a haunting feel that pulls the listener in and makes them feel Dave’s pain. One of the things I really enjoyed was the addition of Alanis Morrissette for backing vocals on Don’t Drink the Water and Spoon. I find myself looking forward to that last track just to be able to hear that beautiful blend of voices. However much I enjoyed this CD, though, it wasn’t perfect. Halloween and Stay (Wasting Time) are two that I find myself skipping most of the time. You have to really be in the mood for Halloween, considering the fact that it is an angry, painful, heart wrenching song, and when I need that type of song, it’s welcomed. Stay (Wasting Time) just gets on my nerves. The overwhelming, almost gospel-esque backing vocals seem to take away from Dave’s singing, and the song itself sounds like it was written by someone else. It’s very far from Dave’s style as seen throughout the rest of the album. All in all, though, I really enjoyed this CD, and would recommend it to any Dave Matthews Band fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Journey of Life

    Like their former "Crash," CD, "Before These Crowded Streets" continues to weave the many tales of the life experience, though this CD carries a darker tone in many of the songs. In fact, one may view Matthews' lyrical vision as a profit when you go back and spin "Last Stop" and "Don't Drink the Water," both songs that carry the horrific message of what happened on 9-11. The trademark extended arrangements and unique instrumental sound illustrate a band who's musical talent is undeniable. With every song, the CD is a continuous journey of life and love, and the highs and lows that accompany them. Timeless and endless, "Before These Crowded Streets" is a must for all music collections.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST CD EVER!!!

    This CD is the best CD ever made by any artist in the history of music!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite rock album ever!!

    This is DMB's absolute best album! It is very eclectic, creative, powerful, and brilliant!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Crush'' is my all-time favorite song!

    Great CD to listen to while driving on a sunny day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Different and Diverse....yup, It's DMB too!

    A lot of times people tell me that DMB is all the same but from an album such as Before These Crowded Streets I can prove them wrong. Such romantic tunes as The Stone and Crush are very different then semi political tunes such as Don't Drink the Water and the Dreaming Tree. While this album has a bit of a harsher sound, a little darker then previous albums such as Crash and Under the Table and Dreaming, you will still feel very comfortable listening to it. I find this album a big step for DMB, instead of always sticking to the romantic songs the band is now branching out! Even if you aren't a DMB fan, if you are a fan of well written music you will most definitely enjoy this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dave matthews rules

    I think this is one of DMB best album. I have all his cd's,and I never get tired of any song.

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