Dave Matthews Band
Stand Up


2.0
poor

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
November 15th, 2009 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Stand Up” is in many ways the album that Dave Matthews Band fans wish they never made.

This decade has been a difficult one for Dave Matthews Band. After releasing three excellent albums in the 90’s that were each better than before, the band began a downward spiral with the 2000 release “Everyday.” Although “Busted Stuff” was an improvement on the very average “Everyday,” Dave Matthews Band was in need of a comeback album. Unfortunately, “Stand Up” would prove to be well below the band’s ability, featuring some of the worst vocals, lyrics, and instrumentation of the band’s career. Much of the record seems uninspired, and lacks the emotion that made the other albums so great.

“Stand Up” is a bit of an atypical Dave Matthews Band record, it’s made up of 14 tracks, only two of which exceed five minutes. There isn’t much expansion in any of these tracks, and even the longer songs don’t amount to much. Old Dirt Hill is a great example of this. The record’s second track is a love song in which utilizes a hip-hop beat. The message of the song is quite pleasant, “From the first time I kissed you I lost my legs,” but Old Dirt Hill is an indication that Dave Matthews Band is trying to rediscover themselves. You Might Die Trying is possibly the best constructed song on “Stand Up,” but suffers due to poor singing and virtually no emotion. The lyrics are even enough to bring the track down as well, “Once you get your gate, you will walk in tall. You said you never did, cause you might die trying, cause you might die trying.” Hello Again proves to be another example of this; it is a redundant track in which is subject to the same type of lyrics as You Might Die Trying. “Hello again, it’s been too long, too long, too long. Hello again.” The piano laden Out of My Hands seems as though it will develop into a great song, but doesn’t build to anything and is a bit lifeless.

Closer Hunger for the Great Light is one of the few highlights of the record, it makes great use of a catchy electric guitar and bass riff and is upbeat and fun throughout. “Stand Up’s” lead single American Baby is a fairly solid track that is propelled by finger-picked violin and Carter’s outstanding drumming. The bridge is especially excellent, Carter’s drumming is absolutely sensational and Leroi’s sax solo is top-notch. Louisiana Bayou is likely the most “fun” track here, its cheery nature is driven by Stephan Lessard’s grooving bassline, and Dave has a blast in the chorus, utilizing a high-pitch voice on “Down by the bayou!” The track offers a great deal of potential for solo sections at live performances, but no solos are implemented here.

“Stand Up” is in many ways the album that Dave Matthews Band fans wish they never made. Overproduction, no inspiration, lack of expansion, and missing passion are just several reasons why the record failed. Unfortunately, to this day the band has not reached the likes of “Before These Crowded Streets” and “Crash,” and “Stand Up” is just another indication of this.

Recommended Tracks:
American Baby Intro/American Baby
Louisiana Bayou
Hunger for the Great Light



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EVedder27
November 15th 2009


6088 Comments


I'll continue the discography in between some of my other reviews. Probably do Crash next.

shade
November 15th 2009


1198 Comments


Dave matthews, bro.

Nagrarok
November 15th 2009


8316 Comments


[/i]American Baby[/i]

Should fix that, but good review otherwise. Never heard of these guys but they might be interesting. Where start should I?

And you really seem to be getting into the reviewing business, eh?

EVedder27
November 15th 2009


6088 Comments


Thanks Nag, I fixed it. I would go with Crash or Before These Crowded Streets for these guys, the latter is their best. And yeah I guess I have written a lot lately, I might work on another one later.

Nagrarok
November 15th 2009


8316 Comments


Ah, but is their best also the best one to start with?

EVedder27
November 15th 2009


6088 Comments


Most of them are pretty accessible but maybe Crash is better to start with.

Nagrarok
November 15th 2009


8316 Comments


Crash it is then. Oh, and while I believe you've written better reviews, this is still worthy of a first pos.

EVedder27
November 15th 2009


6088 Comments


Thanks, and I think you're right I need to work on my negative reviews a bit more.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2009


24098 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Dave Matthews Band is really not worth your time, nagarok, no matter what this guy says.

Digging: Mitski - bury me at makeout creek

dub sean
November 15th 2009


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Everyday is the album most dmb fans wish was never made.

EVedder27
November 15th 2009


6088 Comments


maybe dub sean, but I think this is slightly worse. Luckily Big Whiskey was excellent and they are back.

DiceMan
November 15th 2009


7068 Comments


I think that every DMB album is the album that non DMB enthusiasts wish DMB had never made so they didn't have to listen to people who know jack shit about music drool over DMB being DMB and listen to all 300 of DMB's awesome live recordings of them being DMB.

EVedder27
November 15th 2009


6088 Comments


I know its COOL to hate dmb, but my pet peeve is 95% of the people that make comments like that have never listened to anything other than whats on the radio.

DiceMan
November 15th 2009


7068 Comments


Uhh. I actually rode in a car with my brother for a couple hours just listening to DMB. It was pretty obnoxious. Like, I'm being serious when I say that I wish that DMB had never existed.

Nagrarok
November 16th 2009


8316 Comments


I heard You Might Die Trying off this, first live and then studio, and I must say live was infinitely better.

EVedder27
November 16th 2009


6088 Comments


Yeah I actually like the live version, it has much more of a powerful climax and has more energy.

Nagrarok
November 16th 2009


8316 Comments


Exactly. Proves they're indeed better live.

dub sean
April 29th 2010


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listen to Hello Again live from the 2004 tour, you will be blown away.

Brylawski
April 29th 2010


709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

no thank you, i don't want to get AIDS

dub sean
April 29th 2010


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

man, that comment was really necessary wasn't it...



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