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Busted Stuff
Dave Matthews Band
Busted Stuff
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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The brand new studio album from DAVE MATTHEWS BAND is an enhanced CD that includes 11 new songs. The enhanced portion of the CD features special access to unreleased material, video footage, performances, and interviews!

     
   

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All Artists: Dave Matthews Band
Title: Busted Stuff
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 7
Label: RCA
Release Date: 7/16/2002
Album Type: Enhanced
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Adult Alternative, Jam Bands, Rock Jam Bands
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 078636811727

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The brand new studio album from DAVE MATTHEWS BAND is an enhanced CD that includes 11 new songs. The enhanced portion of the CD features special access to unreleased material, video footage, performances, and interviews!

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Lewis C. from FRANKLIN, TN
Reviewed on 3/9/2008...
a must have for a dave fan
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Katie A. from PASADENA, CA
Reviewed on 10/10/2006...
Comes with the DVD...
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

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Very Good
Big Erik | USA | 07/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is much more complex and satisfying then the Everyday album. The songs reach deeper emotionally while creating music that is both complex and absorbing. There are also some subtle differences from the Lillywhite Sessions songs, mostly good, a few bad. But considering that Dave Matthews Band is simply reiterating quality songs that have already proven themselves on bootlegs and in concert, it's fairly hard to go wrong. So the good news is that nearly all the songs are well done, well layered, and atmospheric. The lyrics are excellent, some of the best I've read by DMB, and are at times quite poignant, as with Grey Street, Bartender, and Grace is Gone. The down side is that some of the songs seems a little restrained and focused on mechanics above emotions, and a few seem rushed, incomplete, and disorganized(You Never Know, Captain). Because the afore mentioned come one after another, the pace lags a tad in the middle portion and seems unsure. However, DMB makes up for it with a great first 3 songs, and a very solid 6-11. Here's a quick overview of each piece:1)BUSTED STUFF--(7 out of 10)--This is an excellent opener. I'd describe it as a slightly funky blues song that sets the tone for a fairly melancholic cd. Pretty similar to Lillywhite's, but with an o.k. sax outro and a removal of the "silly one" lyrics that he repeated in the original. Solid and well-done.2)Grey Street--(9 out of 10)--Very, very good song that sounds like a subdued Tripping Billies with better lyrics. Musically very good, lyrically even better, and with a pace the escalates in emotion to the end. Maybe a tad restrained at first, but Dave makes up for it with some great howling at the end. Better than the Lillywhite version.3)Where are you Going--(8 out of 10)--This is a new song and the first radio release, and it's actually very well done and fits sequentially. The saxophone has a surrealistic effect on the song's atmosphere, and the acoustic guitar is arranged in an unusual but effective manner. Lyrics are a little soft by comparison to the rest, but the mood and music make up for it.4)You Never Know--(6 out of 10)--Another new song, and unfortunately this piece just doesn't sound right. Lyrics are interesting but akwardly arranged, and the music seems like a disorganized jumble, not even with much of a flow. It's also overlong at almost six minutes. The very beginning and end are pretty good, and the refrain isn't bad, but it's the verses that are really messy, in almost every way. Still, it holds interest, and is slightly above average.5)Captain--(6 out of 10)--Another semi-bust that starts out with a promising sound and then fades into vague and unoriginal lyrics/music. I remember the Lillywhite version as actually being better, but neither one is classic material. This song following You Never Know hurts the pace of the CD, as both pieces seem unsure and unfinished, and at worst unnecessary.6)Raven--(8 out of 10)--Suddenly we're back to solid ground and the reworking of this song is excellent. The saxophone intro and subsequent interludes has remained, but nearly everything else has changed, and the result is very positive. The beat and rhythm have good energy, the saxophone adds a funky spin, and the lyrics are interesting(I've heard rumors that it's about priest abuse, but I don't know, the tone seems too upbeat). Overall, this song was an unexpected surprise and is one of the best.7)Grace is Gone--(9 out of 10)--The band took everything good about the original, and melded it into a near masterpiece. The guitar plucking intro reminds me of U2's Running to Stand Still from the Joshua Tree. Lyrically, the writing is astute and beautifully rendered. It's also sparse in a good way, preventing the blabbering that occured in You Never Know. And this time around the music has the energy to lift the song up to genuine levels of emotional transcendence. The violin-based outro jam is a perfect ending.8)Kit Kat Jam--(7 out of 10)--Here we have an all-instrumental that shifts like a chameleon to stay interesting. In reality, it is a good listen, and is a positive, upbeat change of pace. Much better than the disjointed and unfinished Lillywhite version.9)Digging a Ditch--(8 out of 10)--More melancholy and nostalgia, and a slower version than Lillywhite's, which is a good thing. Working with a very simple song structure, this piece is executed to near-perfection. I like the guitar and the improvising saxophone, and the lyrics are thoughful and affecting. Very well done, but because of its simplistic parameters, it isn't a ground-breaker. You'll see what I mean, the song kind of treads water without escalating, but the mood and the message are great.10)Big Eyed Fish--(8 out of 10)--One of my favorites from the Lillywhite Sessions makes the transition fairly intact, albeit some minor changes. The guitar arrangements are slower than before, but I like the effect, and am not sure which is better. Also, the lyric order is swapped, but that isn't a biggie. Still retained is the hypnotic, almost middle-eastern groove that was so mesmerizing the first time around, and combined with the clever narrative lyrics, it's an excellent song. However...this song is a bit more restrained than before, and doesn't seem to jam out as well at the end. Also, the howling that Dave did before has been amputated, cutting off some of the emotions and preventing the music from peaking. Still very good, but one of only two songs that aren't better than the original(Along with Captain).11.)Bartender--(10 out of 10)--Flawless. This is a true masterpiece, and you can tell the band spent time on it. From the shifty violin into, to the powerful and emotional lyrics, everything ranks as unbelievable. The 8:30 minute song structure is separated into 3 parts: the lyrical build-up phase, the howling phase(from choirish to animal wails), and the musical conclusion phase that culminates in a brilliant pennywhistle solo framed by acoustic strumming. Really, really good. Beats out the Lillywhite version.Overall, this CD is excellent with just a couple of misfires. The rest of the ensemble more than makes up for it, and because of that, I highly recommend "Busted Stuff.""
Good, but lacks the emotion of the Lillywhite Sessions
spiral_mind | 07/20/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I admit that I was one of the many who induldged in the bootlegged compilation of "The Summer So Far" aka "The Lillywhite Sessions." I think that disc contains some of the best DMB material ever recorded. It was direction filled with fertile creativity that they dumped for that disappointing EVERYDAY, which I promptly dumped. When BUSTED STUFF was released, I immediately scooped up a copy and listened to it with a raised eyebrow as the album made its way through each track. It wasn't bad, but what happened?The energy and PASSION was lackluster and the songs smoothed over. Was Dave bored in the studio? GREY STREET, originally such a hard-driving song both musically and lyrically has been melted down into a nice little ditty. This is a song about a woman caught in an abusive relationship looking towards her religion to free here...on Lillywhite, Dave sang it like every word came from the pain and fear inside this woman. Now he sings it like he's narrating the TV movie of the week. He also changed the lyrics....they're not passionate, they're no longer angry for the woman who has found herself in such horrific circumstances. I had the opportunity to see him perform both versions live, and believe me, the new one makes you feel all melancholy inside. That's not what the song should do.Lillywhite's BARTENDER took me awhile to like, now it's one of my favorites. What sold me was the jam at the end. It's a little shorter on Busted, and again, lacks the dynamic energy that Lillywhite's had. Dave (and all the instruments) emoted raw emotion. It was if you could feel the narrative of the lyrics continuing in the jam. But on Busted it just sounds like a nice little, well-scripted jazz jam. And the outro has been sweetened with a happy little flute solo as opposed to the emotional sax on Lillywhite. For me, depending on my mood, the sax playoff could make me feel sad or uplifted, either way, fulfilled. In my opinion, it was an unfortunate tradeoff on the Busted recording.BUSTED STUFF it good, but Carter's terrific percussion has been reduced to just your standard drumming. On Lillywhite it had many layers. Which I feel is an ongoing trait of this album. Carter is one of the best drummers out there. And you can tell that he likes what he does. But for some reason or another, he's been pulled back on the Busted album. He was a lot more creative on Lillywhite....his personal choice....Dave's....or new producer's? Who knows.JTR is missing from the album. It was a good one and had a great jam at the end. GRACE IS GONE is probably the only carryover song that is still strong even with the changes. But on Lillywhite, Dave did sound much more sincere in the narrative which made the song all that more heartbreakingly endearing.The 2 new songs are nice little tunes, but unfortunately not up to the caliber of Dave's writing skills. I just saw the guys in concert; front row center! Great place to be. But as much of a good time I had, I could seee that the guys were bored. They barely related to each other, and it felt like they were just stumbling through the night. Maybe the band needs a break. Stop touring for a bit and spend time with the new kids. They are one of the hardest working bands. There was a lot of energy when the old songs were played: Warehouse, Too Much, Ants Marching....that's when it seemed that they were enjoying what they were doing.It's nice to hear these great songs recorded better, (technically since the Lillywhite disc was a basically of preliminary/high-grade demo quality). But I wish that the band hadn't messed around with them so much, or at least sounded more interested in the material. Maybe they should officially release the Lillywhite tracks, but after they've been remastered.There's a part of me that sort of wishes that I had never heard the Lillywhite tracks, because it made me aware of the potential these songs have."