Busted Stuff

Busted Stuff

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by Dave Matthews Band

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…  See more details below


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.)

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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-)

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

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Busted Stuff 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.”
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album makes me think. It's out of the box, relaxing, motivational.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got this album and I love it. All of the Lillywhite Sessions songs sound better here (with the exception of Big Eyed Fish). Busted Stuff, Grey Street, Big Eyed Fish, and Bartender are my favorites. You Never Know is note worthy, also. If you're an old DMB fan, you'll love it. If you were introduced to DMB through Everyday, it might take a little getting used to, but it's extremely enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not some big music critic, just a DMB fan. I'll admit to having a bootleg copy of the Lillywhite sessions, but I'm glad this album has come out as the studio recordings have so much better sound. It's comforting to hear the classic sounds of Dave & his acoustic guitar. It just makes you happy to hear the Dave we all love. Thanks Dave & Band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may just be DMB's best album to date. Incredible!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
dave matthews band did it again. somehow with the changes that each album brings, it also brings an entire new genre of music I never knew i could love so much. I would give it 5 stars but it sjust doesnt fit in with the old dave (yet). I loved these songs on the summer so far as well as live in concert, and now they have been finally etched in history with a much more clear distinct purpose. Without the windy guitar riffs we are used to dave makes up for it with some of the most beautiful and melodic songs ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
This entire cd shows DMB at their best. The music and lyrics are both amazing. There are some great solos on the cd too. They got away from the pop sound like they did on Everyday and went back to their original sound. Which was a good idea. Everyday was good but I don't think that it really sounded like DMB. KitKat Jam shows the band at their best. Just listen to that track about 10 times in a row, it is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved DMB since I was a preteen and though that may make me biased, I still think this is a great album. The lyrics, the message, the music IS on the sadder side, but weaves a beautiful story of the curve balls life can throw at us. It breaks my heart to hear Dave sing some of these words, but in the end, I am very glad that he did, and I am glad that he had such a wonderful band to support him, musically and spiritually.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Any DMB enthusiast MUST own this CD. We've all heard the songs before--in concert, Lillywhite Sessions or whatever--but they're re-vamped and great. No questions asked...just get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this record fully. However, because I was previously exposed to ''The Lilywhite Sessions,'' I was dissappointed; that is, I was spoiled because I had already 'heard' what was going to be on this one before it was released. The 'image' that one gets from this or that album was ruined because of the thought 'Lilywhite' and now it's rung up on 'Busted Stuff'--all I'm saying is it is going to take a while to adjust...the image has been distorted by the Sessions.... Sure enough, if I would have never heard them, I would be entralled by Busted Stuff. Overall, I have to say to Dave ''I'm glad you're back'' (Everyday was the real dissappointment). But I don't think that they will ever be able to top Before These Crowded Streets; that gem was the bands climax, I feel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm kind of a DMB skeptic. When I lived in Charlottesville VA and they were just starting out, I was positive they couldn't be any good. Since then I've been somewhat converted, but it still usually takes me 3 or 4 listens through before I start liking a new release. This one was amazing the first time. Especially if you like ''classic'' DMB, this is a must have! (Its also interesting to compare the studio versions to the Lillywhite Sessions......)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing cd...must buy
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply excellent, hands down good music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will not insult DMB by comparing Busted Stuff against any of the previous C.D.s by saying inane things like, ''this is more true, or less true to the DMB sound.'' DMB dictates the DMB sound, not us. Moreover, Dave could read the telephone book in D Minor and I would still rate it as a five. Busted Stuff is like any other DMB C.D.--excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is very tightly written and some of Dave's most mature work lyrically. Some of the songs sounded a little tighter on the Lillywhite sessions (Grey Street,Big Eyed Fish). But, it was a nice return to more full band participation after Everyday. This album gives a look into the ''darker'' side of dave's thoughts-which was a good thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Welcome back, old friends. This is my feeling while listening to ''Busted Stuff''. From the very beginning of the title song, with the springy accoustic guitar, you can tell that touring giants DMB are re-claiming the territory they already own. However, I am enchanted by the dark side of this album more than the frilly offerings. Dave's writting skills are much better applied when he disects pain and hurt, as opposed to the ramblings of the up-tempo numbers. ''Grace is Gone'' and ''Diggin a Ditch'' are just wonderful. Overall, 4 out of 5 stars for my favorite summer band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DMB's new CD is one of the best ones. It's upbeat tunes and thoughtful lyrics always put a bright side to my gloomy days. A must have CD for your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unless you are tone deaf, you will love it. These guys are the most creative and talented musicians out there. Just buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
They delivered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best DMB's albums! My favorite songs are ''Grey Street'', ''You Never Know'', ''Captain'', ''Bartender'', ''Kit Kat Jam''... I better stop, otherwise I'll mention all of them.