Busted Stuff

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Few topics elicit more discussion among DMB aficionados than the so-called Lillywhite Sessions -- a group of songs the band recorded with producer Steve Lillywhite just prior to the pop blockbuster Everyday, only to abandon the project when it was on the verge of completion. Well, the self-produced Busted Stuff finds Matthews and company returning to that material with renewed energy, chopping and channeling some songs, stretching out on others, and generally upping the energy level for an album that'll please DMB's pre- and post-Everyday fans. Longtime listeners will note less emphasis on electric guitar and glossy pop production, bringing the band's acoustic guitar- ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Few topics elicit more discussion among DMB aficionados than the so-called Lillywhite Sessions -- a group of songs the band recorded with producer Steve Lillywhite just prior to the pop blockbuster Everyday, only to abandon the project when it was on the verge of completion. Well, the self-produced Busted Stuff finds Matthews and company returning to that material with renewed energy, chopping and channeling some songs, stretching out on others, and generally upping the energy level for an album that'll please DMB's pre- and post-Everyday fans. Longtime listeners will note less emphasis on electric guitar and glossy pop production, bringing the band's acoustic guitar- and violin-fueled live sound to the fore, and will be familiar with a number of songs already a part of the band's live set. One such track, "Busted Stuff," slithers along on a spry bass-driven groove, with Matthews's arcing vocals dancing across the measures with a playful verve. On the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, he delivers the pensive "Grace Is Gone," which matches its gloomy subject matter the death of his stepfather with a soft, melancholy melody that draws much of its power from Matthews's subtle acoustic strumming. The sweet and sour collide head-on, on the other hand, on "Grey Street," a tale of modern-life woe that's set to a deceptively upbeat choogle. Busted Stuff closes on a high note, with Matthews wending his way through nearly nine minutes of "Bartender," one of those woozy closing-time spinners that spring so readily from the DMB fount. The CD's enhanced program includes special access to unreleased material, video footage, performances, and interviews.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Dave Matthews Band may not have released the Lillywhite Sessions -- the semi-legendary soul-searching album recorded in 2000 but abandoned in favor of the heavy-handed, laborious Glen Ballard-produced Everyday -- but they couldn't escape its shadow. Every review, every article surrounding the release of Everyday mentioned it, often claiming it was better than the released project -- an opinion the band seemed to support by playing many numbers from the widely bootlegged lost album on tour in 2001. Since they couldn't run away from the Lillywhite Sessions, they decided to embrace it, albeit on their own terms. They didn't just release the album, as is. They picked nine of the best songs from the sessions, reworked some of them a bit, tinkered with the lyrics, re-recorded the tunes with a different producer Stephen Harris, a veteran of post-Brit-pop bands like the Bluetones, plus engineer on U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind, added two new songs, and came up with Busted Stuff, a polished commercial spin on music widely considered the darkest, most revealing work Matthews has yet created. Remarkably, these songs not only retain their emotional core even after they've been cleaned up, but they perhaps even gain more resonance in this setting. After all, Steve Lillywhite is hardly Steve Albini, and while the initial versions of these songs were raw, it was as much because they were not quite finished as they were Matthews exposing his soul. Here, these songs have been completed, not just in the writing but in the arrangement and production, so they sound just as personal to Dave Matthews, but also sound like fully realized DMB songs. And while they do jam a bit -- in, surprise!, a song called "Kit Kat Jam" -- that's not the emphasis of their performances; in these slow, moody pieces, they provide supple support to Matthews' elliptical, winding melodies and searching lyrics. The band sounds unified, and so does the album; one of the new songs, "Where Are You Going," sounded dull on its first appearance on the Mr. Deeds soundtrack, but here, it's part of the fabric of the album, equally effective in sustaining the reflective, not depressive, tone of the album. Here, there's none of the loose-limbed, frat-boy funk from DMB's previous albums, none of the smirking jokiness that has plagued their up-tempo jams, while the heartache and yearning that once seemed affected in their ballads is palpably real. It's not so much a departure as it is an unexpected twist in their career. By leaving behind the key elements that defined their music, DMB has revealed that they can hit a deeper emotional chord and, in the process, deliver what's unquestionably the best album of their career.
Rolling Stone - Greg Kot
Busted Stuff suggests a new lesson is starting to take hold: Sometimes simplicity is the bet route to the heart of the song.
Spin Magazine - Will Hermes
The best album of Dave Matthews' career. (7)
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
The new, self-produced sessions feel altogether sweeter [than "The Lillywhite Sessions"], cleanly separating the players and goosing the still-eclectic signature sound. (A-)

Busted Stuff suggests a new lesson is starting to take hold: Sometimes simplicity is the bet route to the heart of the song.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/2002
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636811727
  • Catalog Number: 68117
  • Sales rank: 3,930

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Busted Stuff
  2. 2 Grey Street
  3. 3 Where Are You Going
  4. 4 You Never Know
  5. 5 Captain
  6. 6 Raven
  7. 7 Grace Is Gone
  8. 8 Kit Kat Jam
  9. 9 Digging a Ditch
  10. 10 Big Eyed Fish
  11. 11 Bartender
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Matthews Band Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Relaxing Soulful

    This album makes me think. It's out of the box, relaxing, motivational.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Decade of superlative sounds

    After over a decade of music, The Dave Matthews Band continues to produce unique sounds loved by music fans across the globe. “Busted Stuff” is the fourteenth and newest title from the Dave Matthews Band. All but two of the songs came from the unreleased album named "The Lillywhite Sessions." The songs are all rerecorded and some of them have variations in the lyrics. There are two new songs that were not featured on "The Lillywhite Sessions." One of the new songs was the first single from “Busted Stuff” entitled "Where Are You Going,” which is featured in the movie soundtrack "Mr. Deeds." The latest single is titled "Grey Street." “Grey Street” has taken America by storm in being one of the most requested songs on the radio. Also included in this album is the song “Grace is Gone.” “Grace is Gone” is a heart-stricken song about Dave’s emotional struggle with the loss of his beloved wife, Grace. “Busted Stuff” definitely tops his last album, “Everyday,” which compiled a great number of negative reviews by music critics around the nation. “Busted Stuff” produces a laid back sound with lots of musical solos oriented between verses. The band has moved away from the electric guitar based sound that was featured in the previous album and moved toward the acoustic sound, as the albums were in the 90’s. The jam band style makes for longer songs including an over nine minute finale of the classic melody, “Bartender.”

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Lillywhite Sessions version pre album

    If you can get your hands on the original lillywhite sesssions recordings--they are phenomenal and most definately show a more introspective side of DMB...they are very honest and raw...however, the commerialized version is obviously &quot scrubbed up&quot a bit but also worth listening too....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Meaningless" comment not appropriate

    Sanjeet, who, in his inability to fully detail his tainted point of view, just doesn't get it. I am a huge DMB fan, as well as a Miles Davis fan, as well as a John Coltrane fan, and a Dave Brubeck fan, and in this world of throw-away, punk-poser music (see Good Charlotte), DMB is a constant breath of fresh air with superior musicianship, deep-rooted lyrics, and a sound that brings about a sense of calm and joy upon listening to songs such as "Grey Street", which happens to be a favorite. So, instead of calling names, and tearing down a source of entertainment that you obviously don't understand, take a moment to be open minded, attempt a moment of maturity, and put your mind in a better place... and lose the attitude!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DMB IS STILL GOOD

    I like busted stuff a lot . It really moody and positve with a lively beggining and a lively end . Some songs lack the energy that DMB used to have . It still is a great follow up to the masterpeice Everyday .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    busted or briliant?

    Although the album busted stuff formerly known as the lillywhite session were "abandoned" for many years, The bootleg versions of the songs have been know to many "hard core" dmb fans. However, the albums finished versions of the song amitted a finished feel that came alive in the studio. busted stuff is one of the band's best albums yet that reflects deep in the songs writter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DMB for life baby

    being one of the self proclaimed biggest dave and band fans in the world, i very much enjoyed the whole record. im one of those who stared with the lilly sesions, and also feel the uncut "or less, uncut" erlier version was much better. i also liked the lyrics better, the new ones seemed a litlle forced and public radio, only compared to the prior unreleased album. even so, Busted Stuff was amazing, beautiful albumthat was miles above any of the regurgitated music that gets hourly air time on every station. i believe davey boy and the band are the most talented artists we will see for a long time. i think we should all aspire to play like dave!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what happened to the soul?

    This album is better than Everyday, but it's still not the same as DMB's old stuff. It lacks the energy, creativity, emotion, and lure of Before These Crowded Streets and the earlier albums. It's more creative than Everyday but is even more boring! I used to be able to lose myself in DMB and really feel the soul. But alas, no more--not with these new albums!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DAVE STRIKES AGAIN!!!

    New Years day I purchased this album. The year couldn't have started any better! The 2003 tour will surely feature several cuts from this album. Give your ears and mind some pleasure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yeah, well, ok...

    Definitely a good cd, but they left out the best song from Lillywhite sessions: JTR. Why wouldn't they include this AMAZING song?!?!?!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This music is meaningless

    "Where are you going?" is probably the most lyrically empty song I have ever heard. It's just a bunch of phrases thrown together that don't mean anything, just to get some chicks wet in their panties. I get so sick of hearing fans of this band talk about how musical they are. Of course one would think that if they grew up listening to Richard Marx and other pop rock artists then finally found one with a decent band. Add a little slick production and it's good to go. Check out some real music and listen to some Miles Davis or Bill Monroe for that matter, you preppy, souless fools.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GOOD STUFF

    THIS IS A GEAT CD THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE IS "CAPTAIN" I WISH THAT IT SOUNDED LIKE IT DID ON THE LILLYWHITE SESSIONS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DMB DMB DMB!

    Dave Matthews Band has done it again! After being a fan for so many years, I finally scrounged up enough cash to finally buy one of their CDs (you see, i'm a starving college student!!!). Anywayz, this CD is absolutely awesome. My personal faves? Well, track 2 (Grey Street) and track 7 (Grace is Gone)...definitely great, but the rest of the CD is totally worth it too. I highly recommend this CD!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    out to sea

    WHere are you going? Out to sea, to watch the fireflies fly and feel the wind blow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i rate it wayyy more than 5 stars!!

    it is his best cd!i love his style of music in this one it's softer and beautiful! it's my fave cd ever!!! I LOVE IT!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than lillywhite?

    In my opinion, while this is an incredible album, the energy and emotion of the lillywhite versions of many of the songs was lost during production. Whether lyrically or musically, most of the original songs are just better. However, it is enjoyable and unless they release those songs the album is definitely worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MASTERPIECE WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!

    As all dave fans know, nine of these tracks are the rerecordings of songs from the unreleased ''the summer so far,'' known to fans as ''the lillywhite sessions.'' the lillywhite sessions leaked to the internet last march, and the unfinished, though brilliant recordings were widely recognized as being much more true to the band than the scrapped disc's replacement, the inconsistent and overproduced ''everyday.'' ''busted stuff'', as mentioned, is what so many fans have been begging for, the entirely rerecorded ''lillywhite sessions'' minus several, and plus two new songs, the bland single, ''where are you going,'' and the brilliant ''you never know''. the latter is perhaps one of the best the band has ever written. the cd is a true gem, perfectly capturing the energy of the band, showcasing their remarkable musicianship, returning boyd and leroi's respectively furious and sweet solos, carter's impeccable percussion, and stefan's prodigious bass. and dave. the guitars are clear and warm and sweet, and his vocals are sincere, classic, although the instruments are mixed a bit louder on this record. the lyrics are a bit different from the lillywhite sessions, most notably on ''raven,'' others are slightly rearranged. although my personal favorite dave record is ''before these crowded streets,'' this is unquestionably some of his most mature, cleanest, tightest, truest work. perfectly classic dave but absolutely new--''captain,'' ''grey street,'' ''bartender,'' ''big eyed fish,'' ''raven.'' simply phenomenal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DMB Hits the Nail on the Head once again!!!!

    I just started listening to DMB when my aunt intrduced me to them. When I bought Crash, my mind was blown away with the melodies and instumental vibes. Everyday was good with mello and up beat songs combined into one. When I bought Busted Stuff 6:00 AM (They are real popular at my college) It was real mello. I was waiting for the rock and guitars. It was real suprising the melodies in the album, but as always DMB hits a grand slam with their music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of DMB's greatest CDs ever!

    I am truly surprised that most of these songs were abandoned. These are great tracks with some great energy put into them. The band plays with a great expression that can't be matched with any other band. A great CD that I recommend to anyone. Now that you've read this, go to your nearest music store and buy this. Now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Busted Stuff is great!!

    The new DMB album is absolutly incredible. It is unbelievable that they released Everyday instead of the Lillywhite Sessions when they had songs of such incredible sound. Most of the songs off Lillywhite sound a little better on Busted Stuff with the exception of Big Eyed Fish. That was my absolute favorite song off Lillywhite and I think the band completely killed it on the new album. Hearing Kit Kat Jam without words was also pretty different. Just go buy the CD!!!

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