Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The album's lyrics include themes of love, being yourself, and making a difference in the world, and can be on the cheesy side. I always think of Dave Matthews Band as being more about the music than the words, with the occasional song that really gets it right lyrically, so this is par for the course. For example, the lyrics to "Gaucho" mostly consist of: "Gotta do much more than believe/If we wanna see the world change." This seems to be an overplayed sentiment in songs.
"Sweet" is my favorite song on the album. Dave plays a ukelele and sings poignantly high notes. "The Riff" follows, with some good lyrics, including, "Why waste time staring at the TV set/Like I got dreams to kill and people to forget." The song closes with a blistering guitar solo by Tim Reynolds. Another standout is "Drunken Soldier," a satisfying album closer at almost ten minutes long. Dave sings, "Fill up your head and fill up your heart and take your shot/Don't waste time trying to be something you're not."
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars