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Some Devil
     

Some Devil

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by Dave Matthews Band
 

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Since Busted Stuff seemed to contain a lot more Dave Matthews and noticeably less "Band," it's not altogether surprising that the singer-guitarist would seize upon that momentum to issue his first solo studio album. Some Devil is largely introspective and stripped-down, the moods a bit more muted than on most DMB work, as

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Since Busted Stuff seemed to contain a lot more Dave Matthews and noticeably less "Band," it's not altogether surprising that the singer-guitarist would seize upon that momentum to issue his first solo studio album. Some Devil is largely introspective and stripped-down, the moods a bit more muted than on most DMB work, as indicated by the somber single "Gravedigger," which features some subtly abrasive guitar work from Trey Anastasio. The Phish guitarist was also hooked for some writing on the disc, and his mark is most palpable on "Grey Blue Eyes," a fine-spun, summer-breezy yarn. "Stay or Leave," a melancholy breakup song, furthers the album's theme of loss and regret, with Matthews's subdued vocals conveying a sense of ingrained puzzlement. Some Devil isn't without its brighter moments, of course: The jaunty "Dodo," fueled by the horns of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, struts along with a Crescent City bounce, while "So Damn Lucky" makes the most of the high end of Matthews's vocal register, using it to springboard the song's hopeful tone into the ether. Some Devil may prove a mild surprise to fans of the Matthews Band, but Dave's not pulling a Jekyll and Hyde -- he's merely exercising a few muscles he hasn't flexed in the studio before.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It wouldn't seem that a solo album from Dave Matthews would be all that different from a Dave Matthews Band album, since he's not only the singer/songwriter/guitarist; he leads the band and gives it its very name. That assumption turns out to be incorrect, since Some Devil sounds and feels much different than any DMB effort. With Some Devil, Matthews has turned in a brooding, moody album that attempts to extend the breakthrough of Busted Stuff, which signaled a considerable leap forward for Matthews as a songwriter and musician, finding him tackling darker territory. Here, he turns up the darkness even more, but loses the fluid musicality that came with DMB's loose-limbed jams. In a way, it's an attempt to shore up his credentials as a singer/songwriter, something that has always been overshadowed by his brood's status as jam-band favorites, and Some Devil certainly feels more at home among modern singer/songwriters from John Mayer to Rufus Wainwright than it does next to the String Cheese Incident. Even though he's cut a lot of fat off his songs, he still favors meandering to directness, which combined with the deliberately somber mood of the album means this often sounds like Automatic for the People as written and performed by Sting. The end results are a bit unwieldy, perhaps, and not always successful, but it is interesting and certainly different than a Dave Matthews Band record. Most importantly, even if it is a rather modest success, Some Devil does showcase a continued growth for Matthews as a songwriter.
New York Times - Kelefa Sanneh
The first track, "Dodo," is one of the loveliest songs Mr. Matthews has ever recorded: it floats onward and upward on a casual, shuffling guitar line, altering course slightly with each falsetto phrase from Mr. Matthews.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828765516723
catalogNumber:
55167
Rank:
43201

Tracks

  1. Dodo
  2. So Damn Lucky
  3. Gravedigger
  4. Some Devil
  5. Grey Blue Eyes
  6. Trouble
  7. Save Me
  8. Stay or Leave
  9. An' Another Thing
  10. Oh
  11. Baby
  12. Up and Away
  13. Too High
  14. Gravedigger (acoustic)

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Some Devil 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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This album is incredible. Every song is beautiful to the mind, soul and ears. Thought-provoking lyrics and Dave's unique voice draw you into each verse and chorus. If you have purchased any of the previous works by DMB, you will have to have this one as well. Your collection will not be complete wihtout it. Typical Dave. In most cases, saying something is typical about someone is not always a good thing. In this case, it is a very good thing. Some Devil, Some Solo Album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best new albums out there. A great artist with top notch songs=AMAZING! Dave Matthews just goes to show you that you don't need a (great) band behind you to make excellent music. A must have for any music fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, Dave Matthews has provided us with music you want to listen to over and over again. His voice is superb. The entire CD is awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave is an absolutely talented artist, and definately my favorite. I caught on to his songs back in 1999, and ever since have been hooked. With his band or away, it's still the same great Dave. His album 'Some Devil' is a lot lighter than his usual band music, but it's still very well done and anyone who enjoys his songs with the band will love these as well! He brought other talent with him on his latest CD, and I highly recommend it to anyone! Any Dave fan should also visit his website and join their 'warehouse' fan club! Cheers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One great disc every song is a joy. Dave has done a great job on the writing. The limited disc is good too the new song with Tim is very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what has so captured my interest in Dave, be it his lyrics, type of music or voice, or maybe the combination of all of those things, but what can I say? I'm an avid fan. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw he had a new album out and yes, a bit aprehensive when I picked it up to find out it was a solo album, but acting on faith I bought it and wasn't dissapointed. I would highly reccomend it as I would anything else by him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
there is no such thing as a bad dave matthews album. from "under the table and dreaming" to " busted stuff", dave is really good at what he does best- songwriting. definitely a major influence in the current pop/rock music scene.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good stuff, a little slow but I can't get tired of it. Also the B&N ad refers to this as being by the DMB and strictly speaking, this is just DM and no B.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definitely different from the "band" music, but I think he did that on purpose. Very good guitar work and his usual odd song here and there. Of course, no one is better than Dave, so I give it 5 Stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave Matthews always plays it safe, trying to appeal to everyone. This type of ambition is what creates uninspired, passionless and unimaginative songs and is why his albums have sold millions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
dave is the man. this c d will rock. its to bad there is no "and band" but im interested to see what hes going to do all by him self and see all the little wierd things hes wanted to try but the band probably wouldnt let him. im straight but if i wasnt ide be all about dave.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave's solo cd is more relaxing and laid back compared to DMB's cds. It is very easy to listen to, and very calming. Most of the songs are fairly slow. The cd has a nice pace and is very easy to listen to all the way through. There is a heavenly aspect to all the songs. It is a very good album. It's worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say about this C.D.? It's altogether different than any other Dave Matthews stuff but that's not a BAD thing here. Dave shows off his songwriting chops ( which I have always thought was very impressive anyhow). As well as some heavy muscle flexing as far as proving that he doesn't necessarily need the rest of the DMB to get strong points across. At one moment sad and brooding, then rocking and hopeful this C.D. is about checking out the inner issues in all of us and finding a resolution in it all. The bonus disk with Tim Reynolds is NOT to be missed ( I assume some of this may be on their concert C.D. they put out, which, by the way, I didn't know existed until I came in here, another I should probably buy.) All in all a very impressive and not to be missed by those Dave fans who love his songwriting, his superb voice and hearing him in a new but interesting light. A must have for your DMB collection for sure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of DMB and was a bit wary of a solo album, but Dave demonstrates himself as an amazing artist and human being yet again with this album. If you are looking for THE song, for THE mood, whether it be swinging from a hammock, swirling your toes off the side of a dock, or just drinking your troubles away, Dave has it all for you in this one album. He is absolutely amazing and I will be forever grateful for his deciding to pick up a guitar(even if at a late age, early 20's) and bless the world with his talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a DMB fan for a very long time and have the whole collection. The previous 2 albums have not met my expectations... not saying that they should sound like the others, but there use to be a quality of unexpectedness before that seems to have been lost now. I wonder if it's the fact that DM has sobered up and gotten married that seemed to kill his spirit. I hate to say that, but this new album is striving for inspiration and using the momentum and confidence of past success. I am still hopeful for the future of DM or DMB. My favorites were: So Damn Lucky, Gravedigger, An Another Thing (which I think was a slightly different song on the Dave & Tim Reynolds album), and Too High
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