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The Dave Matthews Band

  • Under the Table and Dreaming [RCA, 1994] C+
  • Crash [RCA, 1996] Dud

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Under the Table and Dreaming [RCA, 1994]
Popular groundswells do vary in discernment, as students of jogging, nail care salons, and tax limits know. Like his homeboy and forebear Bruce Hornsby, Matthews jams politely. His instrumentation invokes classical, jazz, and bluegrass niceties. And although one can understand the deep-seated impatience with agony-as-entertainment his renown reflects, he's as bland as a tofu sandwich. C+

Crash [RCA, 1996] Dud