Crash (Dave Matthews Band album)

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Crash
Studio album by Dave Matthews Band
Released April 30, 1996 (1996-04-30)
Recorded October 1995 – January 1996
Genre Rock, funk rock
Length 68:51
Label RCA
Producer Steve Lillywhite
Dave Matthews Band chronology
Under the Table and Dreaming
(1994)
Crash
(1996)
Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95
(1997)
Singles from Crash
  1. "Too Much"
    Released: 1996
  2. "So Much to Say"
    Released: 1996
  3. "Two Step"
    Released: 1996
  4. "Crash into Me"
    Released: December 3, 1996
  5. "Tripping Billies"
    Released: 1997

Crash is the second studio album by Dave Matthews Band, released on April 30, 1996.

The album has been certified 7× platinum.[1]

Recording[edit]

Recording of the album began in October 1995, and ended in January 1996. There were only a few known songs from the Crash sessions that "didn't make it to the final cut".[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau (dud) [3]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [4]
Rolling Stone mixed[5]

Q said of the album, "equal parts originality and willful complication", and stated, "Although the band's determinedly jammy methods do lead them away from their songs at times, almost every track of Crash is at least 'good in parts'".[6] Jim DeRogatis of Rolling Stone found "Matthews' vocals [...] too much like Sting's at times" and "the lyrics [...] typically banal".[5] Comparing the band to their musical contemporaries (like Hootie and the Blowfish), DeRogatis stated, "Snappier violin-driven excursions such as "Tripping Billies" mix the progressive rock of U.K. or Eddie Jobson-era Roxy Music with the earthy folk rock of Fairport Convention. This eclecticism gives Matthews a slight edge over his peers, but that's sort of like saying you prefer vanilla ice cream to vanilla frozen yogurt. Me, I dig Cherry Garcia."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by David J. Matthews except when noted.

  1. "So Much to Say" (Matthews, Peter Griesar, Boyd Tinsley) – 4:06
  2. "Two Step" – 6:27
  3. "Crash into Me" – 5:16
  4. "Too Much" – 4:22
  5. "#41" – 6:39
  6. "Say Goodbye" – 6:12
  7. "Drive In, Drive Out" – 5:55
  8. "Let You Down" – 4:07
  9. "Lie in Our Graves" – 5:42
  10. "Cry Freedom" – 5:54
  11. "Tripping Billies" – 5:00
  12. "Proudest Monkey" – 9:11

Personnel[edit]

Dave Matthews Band
Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Timeline". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  2. ^ Crash (Dave Matthews Band album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ Robert Christgau
  4. ^ Crash (1996) Dave Matthews Band, Reviewed by Tom Sinclair. Entertainment Weekly
  5. ^ a b c DeRogatis, Jim; Gardner, Elysa (1996-05-16), "Recordings". Rolling Stone. (734):64 (accessed 2009-01-07)
  6. ^ "Review: Crash". Q (IPC Media): 114. August 1996. Retrieved 2012-03-16.