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Away from the World

Away from the World

by Dave Matthews BandDave Matthews Band


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Getting back to the basics after a semi-extended break, Dave Matthews Band reunites with producer Steve Lillywhite -- the man who helmed their big major-label hits of the '90s -- for Away from the World, 2012's long-gestating sequel to 2009's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. This marks the first time Lillywhite has worked with DMB since 1998's Before These Crowded Streets, and there's no denying he's the best producer for the band, articulating their elasticity with clarity and reigning in their excesses. Which isn't to say Away from the World is streamlined, as it hardly is. It has frayed ends and odd shifts, moments of great exuberance countered with quivering sensitivity, tightly written pop songs giving way to mini-epics, love songs balanced with ribald paeans to dripping peaches and full bellies. It's a little of everything that the Dave Matthews Band does, condensed to a relatively tight 53 minutes, Lillywhite giving the inherent digressions crispness and warmth, just like he did on Under the Table and Dreaming and Crash, but for as much as this recalls the sound of prime '90s DMB, Away from the World is clearly the work of a veteran band, one not so concerned with hits, one that likes to live within the well-etched world they've created. Sure, a few of these songs could conceivably cross over beyond the DMB diehards -- "If Only" is underpinned by some seductive soul groove, "Rooftop" carries a big pop hook, while the sex romp "Belly Belly Nice" evokes memories of "Ants Marching" -- but there is no real attempt to broaden their audience, nor is there the self-conscious stretching that marked some of Matthews' 2000s albums. Matthews is quite content where he is, writing songs about his family, wife, the world, and life as he approaches middle age, happy to consolidate DMB's strengths without quite seeming settled. Consequently, Away from the World is a bit of a rare thing: a return to form lacking an ounce of nostalgia.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2012
Label: Rca
UPC: 0887254352723
catalogNumber: 543527
Rank: 106033


  1. Broken Things
  2. Belly Belly Nice
  3. Mercy
  4. Gaucho
  5. Sweet
  6. The Riff
  7. Belly Full
  8. If Only
  9. Rooftop
  10. Snow Outside
  11. Drunken Soldier

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Matthews Band   Primary Artist
Dave Matthews   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
David Matthews   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Jeff Coffin   Flute,Alto Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Roger Smith   Organ
Carter Beauford   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Stefan Lessard   Bass,fender rhodes
Tim Reynolds   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Boyd Tinsley   Violin
Rashawn Ross   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards,Bass Trumpet,Background Vocals
Youth Ch-Op Choir   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Matthews   Composer,Art Direction,Illustrations
David Matthews   Composer,Art Direction,Illustrations
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
John Alagia   Producer,Engineer
Joe Lawlor   Videography
Ian Kuhn   Coloring,Digital Layout
Lars Fox   Pro-Tools
Craig Baker   Guitar Techician
Justin Armstrong   Engineer
Coran Capshaw   Management
Henry Luniewski   Drum Technician
Ryan Gilligan   Pro-Tools
Floyd Reitsma   Engineer
Erik Porter   Bass Technician
Coffin   Composer
Tinsley   Composer

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