Some Devil

Some Devil

by Dave Matthews BandDave Matthews Band

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828765516723
catalogNumber: 55167
Rank: 58684

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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