Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Tragedy has a way of putting everything into perspective, a truism that's brought into sharp relief by the Dave Matthews Band. LeRoi Moore, the group's saxophonist, died in an ATV accident in 2008, something that shook the DMB to their core and they've responded as any working band does: by carrying on, playing gigs -- including one on the day of his passing -- and finishing the album they were recording at the time of his death, turning Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King into a tribute to their fallen comrade. By saluting his spirit, DMB wind up returning to their roots, jettisoning any of the well-manicured crossover pop of Stand Up and reviving the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Tragedy has a way of putting everything into perspective, a truism that's brought into sharp relief by the Dave Matthews Band. LeRoi Moore, the group's saxophonist, died in an ATV accident in 2008, something that shook the DMB to their core and they've responded as any working band does: by carrying on, playing gigs -- including one on the day of his passing -- and finishing the album they were recording at the time of his death, turning Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King into a tribute to their fallen comrade. By saluting his spirit, DMB wind up returning to their roots, jettisoning any of the well-manicured crossover pop of Stand Up and reviving the loose-limbed jams that were their '90s specialty, a sound they've largely abandoned -- at least on record -- since 1998's Before These Crowded Streets. During that long, long decade between Before and Big Whiskey, DMB remained one of America's biggest bands even though much of those ten years found Matthews working through various existential crises -- things got too big so he pulled away from the band, turned out a dark solo record, then came back -- and his namesake band drifted along with him. Here, everything snaps back into focus: what was glossy is now clean and unvarnished; there is no avoidance of their rangy, loping rhythms or predilection for elastic solos; and these signatures -- shunned on record, not on-stage -- are embraced warmly, given muscle, and married to the dark undercurrents that have flowed throughout Matthews' new-millennium writing. Surely, Moore's early death weighs heavily here -- he is the GrooGrux King of the album's title and there are many allusions to him in lyrics -- but Matthews also ties in references to Hurricane Katrina and war, all as part of his wide-open meditations on mortality and morality. Not all of Big Whiskey is about death: there is an equal amount of love tunes, plus one of Matthews' casually vulgar sox songs, all celebrating enduring relationships, providing a counterpoint to the waves of melancholy. But what makes Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King the Dave Matthews Band's richest, and quite possibly best, album is the implicit message that all the love and loss can be felt and shared through the music, that the creation of the music itself is the reason why they're here -- and that's not just a moving tribute to LeRoi Moore, it's a reason for the band to keep moving on. [This edition includes a bonus DVD featuring a documentary entitled Scenes from Big Whiskey.]
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
[Saxophonist LeRoi] Moore died early in the sessions for Big Whiskey, before the bulk of the album was made with producer Rob Cavallo in New Orleans last winter. The sudden loss hangs over this record's startling punch like one of that city's humid summer rains....Cavallo, working with DMB for the first time, has brought some of the classic-rock edge of his hit records with Green Day and My Chemical Romance to Matthews' arena-size spin on early-Seventies Traffic...Big Whiskey, though, is a lot like a New Orleans funeral parade, mourning and zest balled into big, brawny music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/2009
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886975092727
  • Catalog Number: 750927
  • Sales rank: 5,477

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Grux (1:11)
  2. 2 Shake Me Like a Monkey (4:00)
  3. 3 Funny the Way It Is (4:26)
  4. 4 Lying in the Hands of God (5:13)
  5. 5 Why I Am (3:53)
  6. 6 Dive In (4:26)
  7. 7 Spaceman (4:08)
  8. 8 Squirm (5:32)
  9. 9 Alligator Pie (3:59)
  10. 10 Seven (4:17)
  11. 11 Time Bomb (3:59)
  12. 12 Baby Blue (3:41)
  13. 13 You & Me (5:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Scenes from Big Whiskey (29:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Matthews Primary Artist
Dave Matthews Band Primary Artist
Sid Page Violin
Danny Barnes Banjo
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Jeff Coffin Saxophone
Joel Derouin Concert Master
Christine Ermacoff Celli
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Armen Ksadjikian Celli
Dane Little Celli
Jamie Muhoberac Organ, Keyboards
Tim Pierce Guitar
Vladimir Polimatidi Violin
Josefina Vergara Violin
Miwako Watanabe Violin
Rob Cavallo Organ, Piano
Carter Beauford Percussion, Drums
Susan Chatman Violin
Joe Lawlor Guitar
Stefan Lessard Bass
LeRoi Moore Saxophone
Tim Reynolds Guitar
Boyd Tinsley Violin
Suzie Katayama Celli
Natalie Leggett Violin
Nico Abondolo Bass
Darrin McCann Viola
Laurence Greenfield Violin
Roberto Cani Violin
Philip Vaiman Violin
Rashawn Ross Trumpet
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Keyboards
Alyssa Park Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
Gerardo Hilera Violin
Rudolph Stein Celli
Dave Matthews Guitar, Vocals
Michele Richards Violin
George Kim Scholes Celli
Karen Elaine Viola
Robert Brophy Viola
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Timothy Eckert Bass
Technical Credits
Dave Matthews Composer
Daniel Chase Digital Editing
Ted Jensen Mastering
Doug McKean Engineer
Rob Cavallo Producer
Carter Beauford Composer
Stefan Lessard Composer
LeRoi Moore Composer
Tim Reynolds Composer
Boyd Tinsley Composer
Lars Fox Digital Editing
Eric "Bigg EE" Porter Bass Technician, Instrument Technician
Craig Baker Guitar Techician
Rashawn Ross Composer
Henry Luniewski Drum Technician
Dave Matthews Art Direction, Illustrations
David Paul Campbell String Arrangements, String Conductor
Valerie Abbott Original Photography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Another DMB Hit!

    Once again, Dave Matthews does not dissapoint his fans with another outstanding album.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    You can never go wrong with Dave

    Once again Dave amazes me. Love this whole album, as I love all of his work. He never lets me down.

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