Stand Up

Stand Up

by Dave Matthews BandDave Matthews Band

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Overview

With a string of live recordings since 2001's controversial Everyday, the Dave Matthews Band has been grooving in something close to autopilot, more intent on pleasing fans than in stretching out. That M.O. changes significantly on Stand Up, one of the band's most adventurous efforts, and certainly among the most varied studio sets of their career. For starters, Matthews pumps up the energy level surprisingly often, as on the title track, which uses a martial drumbeat to anchor a bottom end that doesn't politely suggest that folks shake their groove thang but rather forces them onto the dance floor. That's underscored by the agreeably gritty playing of saxophonist Leroi Moore, who also struts his stuff on the hip-hop-tinged "Stolen Away at 55th and 3rd." Some credit must go to producer Mark Batson, who helmed India.Arie's breakthrough, Acoustic Soul, as well as tracks for Eminem, Beyoncé, Seal, and Sting. But Matthews retains his unique style, making better use of world music elements here than he has in some time, notably on the sensual "Dreamgirl," which employs eerily echoing backing vocals dripping with aboriginal flavor. That song is one of several that let the singer get his mojo working and provide good counterpoint to topical tunes such as the sprawling "American Baby," a life-during-wartime allegory that's preceded by the separate "American Baby" intro, a mélange of mournful piano and sampled gunfire. There's a similar urgency in "Everybody Wake Up (Our Finest Hour Arrives)," a song that also boasts a fascinating (and somewhat jarring) arrangement drawing as much on modern classical music as on anything from the rock idiom. The vibe of Stand Up is slightly different than the average DMB album, but for those who value a thrill ride as much as a cruise, it's definitely worth buckling up for.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828766879629
catalogNumber: 68796
Rank: 36080

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Matthews Band   Primary Artist,Vocals,Guitar,Piano
Butch Taylor   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Mark Batson   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Moog Bass,Vox Continental
Stefan Lessard   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Boyd Tinsley   Mandolin,Violin,Vocals,Electric Violin
Carter Beauford   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Leo Payne   Violin
Ann Marie Calhoun   Violin
Audrey Riley   Cello
LeRoi Moore   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Susan Dench   Viola

Technical Credits

Mark Batson   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Rob Evans   Engineer
Chris Kress   Engineer
John Hanes   Engineer
Audrey Riley   String Arrangements
Stefan Lessard   Art Direction
Thane Kerner   Art Direction
Coran Capshaw   Management
LeRoi Moore   Pyrotechnics
Dave Matthews Band   Art Direction

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