You know, Dave Matthews has always been an artist whose work I love or really dislike — I’m rarely lukewarm about him. He and his band have been relatively uneven recently, but I find myself constantly coming back to 2002’s Busted Stuff, which is what the “Lillywhite Sessions” turned into. If you don’t know the story about the Lillywhite Sessions I won’t go into it here (there’s a good recap on Wikipedia), but this is not the album Dave Matthews wanted to release.
However, I have to say, this album is the strongest the band has put out. The best known track on this album is “Where Are You Going?” (used in the soundtrack for Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder’s Mr. Deeds), which is a nice track, but the strong tracks, “Grace is Gone” (one of the very few songs to have a five star rating in my iTunes library) and “Digging a Ditch,” are excellent examples of DMB’s musical abilities and why, as uneven as they can be, this is a band that will survive as an influence well into this century.
So, if you find yourself to be a fan of good music, or a passing fan of of DMB, I heartily recommend picking up Busted Stuff (buy it new by clicking on the link above or check out lala.com).