Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
If you're of the opinion that the Grateful Dead comparisons that dog the Dave Matthews Band ring false, consider that with the release of Listener Supported, Matthews has put out more live albums (four, if you count Live a... more »
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If you're of the opinion that the Grateful Dead comparisons that dog the Dave Matthews Band ring false, consider that with the release of Listener Supported, Matthews has put out more live albums (four, if you count Live at Luther College, a duet album with Tim Reynolds) than studio efforts (three, if you don't count the Recently EP). That's a lot of live albums, but Matthews fans probably wouldn't have it any other way. Now it's more possible than ever to haggle over which version of, say, "Warehouse"--which appears on Live at Red Rocks, Luther College, and the new album, as well as on Recently and Under the Table and Dreaming--is definitive. But "Warehouse" aside, the Matthews Band isn't making the same album over and over. Listener Supported contains a nice mix of tunes, albeit with a fair emphasis on their most recent studio effort, Before These Crowded Streets. Among the highlights is a funky, freewheeling take on "Rapunzel," and gorgeous readings of "#41," and the traditional country tune "Long Black Veil." With over two and a half hours of music, the album is enough to sate most DMB fans, at least until the next live album turns up. --Daniel Durchholz
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"It seems that the more this incredible quintet play the fuller the sound becomes. This new 2 disc CD,which was recorded in East Rutherford,NJ is a much fuller sounding album than Red Rocks. The band starts with an intro of Seek Up that teases the audience they then move into Pantala Naga Pampa which then segways into a great rendition of Rapunzel. #41,True Reflections, Granny,Crash into Me, and the little heard #40 are highlights of this cd. With guest apperances by keyboardist Butch Taylor and the same backup singers as they had on Before these crowded streets, Listener Supported offers TRUE dmb fans a great concert experience. To those who say that dave releasing another live cd with versions of songs we've heard being too much, well then they aren't really listening to Listener Supported. In particular #41, Warehouse and Rapunzel are examples of how this band can make old songs new again. For all those fans of bassist Stefan Lessard keep your ears open for the 2 string slides he throws in The Stone."
A completely different sound
Ian Ruge | Lincoln, Nebraska | 11/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Once again Dave Matthews and his band have reinvented themselves, and their sound. This new album, while containing almost all old material that has been previously released, has a completely fresh sound. I attended a concert during the same tour, and bringing in Butch Taylor on keyboard was a great decision. The band has a full and rich sound on this album, and it sounds completely different than their other live offerings. I would highly recommend it to all DMB fans, and especially to those who don't have the appreciation for the band yet."
Mixed feelings about DMB Listener Supported...
chris | indiana | 11/25/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not sure what to think about Listener Supported. I've got all of the studio albums, plus many bootlegs, including those off of this year's tour. These cd's have amazing sound quality, but some of the performance is watered down, and I believe there have been other concerts from this year that would have made a better live release. Because this concert was taped for a truncated PBS telecast, it inevitably was slotted for a live release. I have seen DMB live many times, and this show doesn't rate at all near the top of the band's capablities. There are some very weak songs, ie #36 and True Reflections, that completely lack the characteristic DMB energy. The gospel singers from Stay appear in much of the concert, and their style generally conflicts with the band, except for Stay, and possibly Long Black Veil. There are highlights, all of the jams (Intro-->Pantala Naga Pampa-->, Jimi Thing, Two Step! , a great #41) and The Stone. This cd is great for unexperienced or curious listeners to catch some of the flavour of this year's tour, but for listeners more knowledgable of the band's repretoire, Listener Supported may leave you with a slightly bitter taste."