The Five Worst Dave Matthews Band Songs

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Look, Dave Matthews seems like a great guy. I even like him as an actor. But the guy's music bores the living hell out of me. Maybe it's because he's basically a younger version of Jimmy Buffet just playing to a crowd partying with a different substance. Maybe it's because he jams too damn much and caters to the same self-indulgence that infests Phish and Wide Spread Panic. Maybe it's because his audience is made up of folks who mistake Matthews' earnest pop rock for something really transcendent. Either way, when one of Matthews' songs comes on the radio, it's usually an immediate punch out. The lone exception is "Crash," a song that could just about end every romantic comedy in the history of film.

I understand why people like the guy. His band has chops and people find a certain safety in music, a certain womb-like quality that makes them feel all warm and comforted. Much like Neil Diamond did in the '70s, Matthews strains when he steps away from what he does "best." In honor of Matthews performing this Saturday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, this list is the five Dave Matthews songs that really make my skin crawl, tunes that I truly wish were never written.


1. What Would You Say
I know, an easy target, the guy's first commercial hit, but from the first annoying moments, this song sucks. Catchy as a case of mononucleosis, the song runs circles around itself as Matthews spews forth lyrics that wouldn't impress my 4th grade teacher.


2. Rapunzel
Overly complicated jazz pop that reminds me of what Rush would sound like if they were a folk band. In a word: abysmal.


3. So Right
No, so wrong. There's an odd Pearl Jam vibe going on here that's disconcerting. And what's up with the constipated Peter Gabriel style vocals? When Matthews turns away from what he does best - folky, easy to digest pop - the results can be excruciating.


4. Hunger for the Great Light
In pop, shooting for some cosmic significance is never a good thing and this over-emotive mess strains under the weight of its own pretentions. Again, the vocals sound like Matthews is taking a class in English conversation and his teacher is demanding that his pupil over-enunciate each word.


5. American Baby
This sounds like it was a U2 outtake that Bono tried to bury long ago. There's something vaguely like the Police here as well. Mining cool influences doesn't make you cool. It just makes you sound imitative and weak.

Dave Matthews performs on Saturday, May 17, at Gexa Energy Pavilion.

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14 comments
loril010
loril010

I don't agree with your choices and especially Rapunzel...but it's YOUR opinion I suppose...

scooter11
scooter11

You really show your ignorance when you write "The lone exception is "Crash," a song that could just about end every romantic comedy in the history of film."  Crash is the name of an album; and if you are referring to the song Crash Into Me,  you obviously have no idea what the song is about!

englishprofessor
englishprofessor

You wrote  Hunger for the Great Light is "shooting for some cosmic significance." Listen to the lyrics again; it's just about eating out a girl.

jeffreyallendaigle
jeffreyallendaigle

And so the Observer Blogs continues the streak of having nothing valuable or constructive to say. You guys are fast becoming King Troll of the Internet.

annunaki
annunaki

Harsh.  So, we get it.  You don't like David Matthews.  Maybe you prefer Bieber?  Perhaps Ted Nugent is more your speed.  I understand.  You have different tastes. Thanks for sharing your opinion and nothing of any intrinsic value.  Well, aside from some decent Youtube videos.

zayrae
zayrae

What music do you listen to? DMB sounds nothing like Neil diamond. His band is amazing and he puts on an incredible live show. Yes, a fair bit of his music is special for psychedelic enhancements, but not necessary to enjoy him. Go see him at the gorge and try not to enjoy yourself. Poorly researched and opinionated article.

BigMikeontheMic
BigMikeontheMic

What the hell? How can you mention WSP and DMB in the same article? You suck!

hunterhspoon
hunterhspoon

Hunger for the great light is pretty bad, but DMB is amazing and they have some very good songs. Check out The Stone, Dreaming Tree, #41 etc...

darrylrs
darrylrs

@annunaki  I love how when you poke fun at an artist that someone else likes, you automatically listen to shit like Bieber and Nugent. I listen to neither, actually, Nugent's early stuff at least has some good guitar playing on it. Journey to the Center of the Mind is fairly mind blowing. But me? I love Van Morrison, the Sex Pistols and a ton of bands you probably hate.


darrylrs
darrylrs

@zayrae  I didn't say he sounded like Neil Diamond. What I said is that, like Diamond, Matthews falters when he gets out of his comfort zone.

annunaki
annunaki

@darrylrs  Actually, I'm into the old prog rock, early punk, classical, jazz, and yes, even Dave Matthews from time to time.  Currently I favor Midlake, both pre and post-Tim Smith.  

My apologies as my criticism of your article was a little over the top.  Upon further review I now realize that this is a blog piece, totally opinion.  I may disagree with your opinion, but that is neither here nor there.

FWIW, I think I may still have my copy of Nevermind the Bullocks on vinyl.

Here's a video peace offering ;)

http://youtu.be/wVjh5u-EZ2c

zayrae
zayrae

Ok I love van Morrison as well!

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