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DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King

Dave Mathews-Big Whiskey And The Groogrux KingDave Matthews Band – “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King”. June 2, 2009 -

Nominated for “2010 Album of The Year” Grammy Award, this CD contains the last studio recordings of saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who died prior to final production from injuries resulting from an ATV accident. “Big Whiskey” opens and closes with solos from Moore. With mixed emotions and a passion to deliver a tribute to their friend, the band brought in Rob Cavallo to help finish the album. Rob’s new methods for  writing an album led  the band down paths they previously had not taken, which seems to have helped them evolve their thinking and their music. Rather than feeling sorrow for the loss of Moore, the listener is left with a collection of positive, thought-provoking, and inspirational messages to take with them.

The band is tighter than ever on this album,  and Matthews refrains from the distracting vocal acrobatics that have tarnished some of the band’s previous recordings. Hedelivers some of the best lyrics he has ever come up with in a passionate, plaintive, earnest manner. “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King” is an expansive, full-band effort – an album instead of a collection of singles aimed at middle-of-the-road radio stations. It’s a return to form that we have all been waiting for. Chocked full of nothing but good songs, this record fits right in alongside other DMB classic records like, “Before These Crowded Streets,” “Under the Table and Dreaming” and “Crash.” It marks a migration back to the heavily jazz-influenced music of the mid-90s from the pop found on discs like “Everyday”. It is not as upbeat and fun as “Crash”, as it shouldn’t because of the serious messages delivered throughout the album. If you are looking for a solid rock disc infused with jazz and soul, then this may be the best DMB disc for you since 1998.

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