Stand Up

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
With a string of live recordings since 2001's controversial Everyday, the Dave Matthews Band has been grooving in something close to autopilot, more intent on pleasing fans than in stretching out. That M.O. changes significantly on Stand Up, one of the band's most adventurous efforts, and certainly among the most varied studio sets of their career. For starters, Matthews pumps up the energy level surprisingly often, as on the title track, which uses a martial drumbeat to anchor a bottom end that doesn't politely suggest that folks shake their groove thang but rather forces them onto the dance floor. That's underscored by the agreeably gritty playing of saxophonist ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
With a string of live recordings since 2001's controversial Everyday, the Dave Matthews Band has been grooving in something close to autopilot, more intent on pleasing fans than in stretching out. That M.O. changes significantly on Stand Up, one of the band's most adventurous efforts, and certainly among the most varied studio sets of their career. For starters, Matthews pumps up the energy level surprisingly often, as on the title track, which uses a martial drumbeat to anchor a bottom end that doesn't politely suggest that folks shake their groove thang but rather forces them onto the dance floor. That's underscored by the agreeably gritty playing of saxophonist Leroi Moore, who also struts his stuff on the hip-hop-tinged "Stolen Away at 55th and 3rd." Some credit must go to producer Mark Batson, who helmed India.Arie's breakthrough, Acoustic Soul, as well as tracks for Eminem, Beyoncé, Seal, and Sting. But Matthews retains his unique style, making better use of world music elements here than he has in some time, notably on the sensual "Dreamgirl," which employs eerily echoing backing vocals dripping with aboriginal flavor. That song is one of several that let the singer get his mojo working and provide good counterpoint to topical tunes such as the sprawling "American Baby," a life-during-wartime allegory that's preceded by the separate "American Baby" intro, a mélange of mournful piano and sampled gunfire. There's a similar urgency in "Everybody Wake Up Our Finest Hour Arrives," a song that also boasts a fascinating and somewhat jarring arrangement drawing as much on modern classical music as on anything from the rock idiom. The vibe of Stand Up is slightly different than the average DMB album, but for those who value a thrill ride as much as a cruise, it's definitely worth buckling up for.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Dave Matthews Band decided to team up with a very different producer for Stand Up -- Mark Batson, who earned his reputation with modern R&B and hip-hop records by the likes of India Arie, Joe, Beyoncé, and Seal. This doesn't result in an extreme makeover but instead puts a gentle gloss on the band's sound that renders it sleek and muted. Batson produces the DMB as he would any other record -- by keeping the mixes relatively spare and open, cutting up the rhythms in the computer, and polishing it all so it glistens. It's much warmer than Glen Ballard's makeover on 2001's Everyday, even if some of the cuts here appear to be pieced together in the studio. Matthews pulls away from the introspection of both Busted Stuff and Some Devil, occasionally reviving the humor that spiked his earlier work. The resulting album may not be to everybody's taste -- some fans will surely miss the loose jams that characterized DMB's '90s work -- but it is an intriguing change of pace for the group.
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
1/2 Stand Up is the sound of a veteran outfit navigating between jammy mojo and pop-wise charm.

1/2 Stand Up is the sound of a veteran outfit navigating between jammy mojo and pop-wise charm.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766879629
  • Catalog Number: 68796
  • Sales rank: 29,074

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dreamgirl - Dave Matthews (4:01)
  2. 2 Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back) - Dave Matthews (5:00)
  3. 3 Stand Up (For It) - Dave Matthews (4:13)
  4. 4 American Baby (Intro) - Dave Matthews (2:03)
  5. 5 American Baby - Dave Matthews (4:35)
  6. 6 Smooth Rider - Dave Matthews (2:17)
  7. 7 Everybody Wake Up (Our Finest Hour Arrives) - Dave Matthews (4:17)
  8. 8 Out of My Hands - Dave Matthews (3:41)
  9. 9 Hello Again - Dave Matthews (3:56)
  10. 10 Louisiana Bayou - Dave Matthews (5:36)
  11. 11 Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd - Dave Matthews (4:17)
  12. 12 You Might Die Trying - Dave Matthews (4:44)
  13. 13 Steady as We Go - Dave Matthews (3:24)
  14. 14 Hunger for the Great Light - Dave Matthews (6:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Matthews Band Primary Artist, Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Butch Taylor Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer
Mark Batson Organ, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet, Mellotron, fender rhodes, Moog Bass, Vox Continental
Stefan Lessard Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Boyd Tinsley Mandolin, Violin, Vocals, Electric Violin
Carter Beauford Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Leo Payne Violin
Ann Marie Calhoun Violin
Audrey Riley Cello
LeRoi Moore Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Susan Dench Viola
Technical Credits
Mark Batson Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Rob Evans Engineer
Chris Kress Engineer
John Hanes Engineer, Digital Editing
Audrey Riley String Arrangements
Brian Gardner Mastering
Stefan Lessard Art Direction
Thane Kerner Art Direction
Coran Capshaw Management
LeRoi Moore Pyrotechnics
Dave Matthews Band Art Direction
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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Differently Good

    This album was so different from there other work and it was pretty good for something new. Its not like the traditional smooth mix between jazz and rock that htey usually have, they picked up the beat a little and it is a pretty good album. It deserves 5 stars cause you got to be pretty gutsy to make something so different and still make it awsome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not As Good

    I must agree that this album is quite different from others. It just doesn't sound like the original DMB, but even so, it still has a few good songs. I was a tad bit disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatly Disappointed

    With new producer Mark Batson, Stand Up has a hip hop feel to it. They lost the sound of the good old days. Bring back Steve Lillywhite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great new DMB!!

    This is a great c.d. Whether you're a hardcore dmb fan, like me, or you just want to listen to a great c.d., this is for you. It's not the classic Dave that you're used to, but it's still really good music. My favorites include Dreamgirl, the American Baby Intro (even though it's short), American Baby, Smooth Rider, Everybody Wake Up, Out of My Hands, and Hunger for the Great Light. Pretty much all of them!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worse than the "Everday" debacle

    "Stand up" is worse than DMB's "Everyday" album. Both discs are more about the albums' producers (Ballard & Batson) than DMB, and both stink of their influence. DMB needs to re-discovery their old sound. This new stuff just stinks because it's not DMB, it's producer Batson's album. I WANT MY DMB BACK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Do not get this cd

    Dave Matthews has really disapointed here. This cd is nothing like his older stuff, and tends to follow the rhythm of the songs on Everyday that no one really liked. If you are a DMB fan, do not buy this cd. After buying it, I seriously thought about smashing it. Each song seems far too mechanical, and at times I thought I was listening to a Rap CD. I'm strongly considering not going to my 9th Dave concert based on this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some Classic DMB, with Experimental Flavor

    Ok...So you are looking for another DMB cd, with new jams, but you are looking for the same old style of his music. Not going to get it here. Sure, there are a few songs that sound like classic DMB, but there are also many that have this new feeling to them...between electronically produced rap beats, and worldly melodies created by a variety of instruments. At first the sound hits you and you don't know what to think. But then you realize the masterful way in which the band has approached this album. You'll be singing the chorus for "Stand Up" within no time. I recommend this album for anyone that is transitioning from the pop scene to DMB type music, and for the DMB regulars...just try it. The first time through the album may be troublesome, but after awhile the new style grows on you. I realized that this is the step DMB chose to take, and the results aren't half bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STUNNED

    I wasn't much of a Dave Mathews fan, but after getting the CD, I found myself really into it. Most Cd's only have 2 or 3 songs I like, but I find myself listening to this one all of the way through. Stand Up will make you bob your head until your neck is sore, and Everybody Wake Up is an all time classic. The beautiful Steady as We Go hammers the point home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magic and Convinction

    With this album, the guys had fun and it shows. Dave's lyrics feels channeled from a deeper side of himself at times and the music being pure magic with this special chemistry that this band is known for. Hard for me to not get up and dance with this album. Sweetest to the soul with the expressions of the nation intertwined in the motion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    if it isn't broke don't fix it!

    that's all i have to say. i've seen dmb when he wasn't mainstream at the floodzone in va and that was dmb. i understand explore your artistic side but please come back to your roots for the fans. someday they will be back! in days of old, sweet acoustic, band jamming, poetic lyrics and throw in a bottle of bourbon was the sound you got. good times. dmb where have you gone!

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