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Album I can't live without: Dave Matthews Band

PHIL EDGECOMBE
Last updated 05:00 24/12/2012
THE BEST: Before These Crowded Streets

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Before These Crowded Streets from Dave Matthews Band is quite simply the greatest album of all time. 

I love it because of its versatility and all round lack of weakness. It has radio friendly songs, ballads, raw power and emotion, a dark theme all throughout, and seamless flow from one track to the next.

It is perfect for listening to late at night in bed with headphones on, on a busy commuter bus, on a road trip or while doing the household chores. There isn't a weak song on the album, and from start to finish it takes the listener on a wonderful musical journey.

There are several short musical interludes between tracks that help give the album an overall arch that creates continuity and flow.

I first listened to the album in high school when my drum teacher put me on to Dave Matthews Band. The Dreaming Tree is a catchy ballad in the unusual time signature of 7/4 and this got me absolutely hooked on the band.

From song arrangement to lyric writing and overall flow of the album, this record is still my all time number one I couldn't live without.


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