Crash (Dave Matthews Band album)

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

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

By March 16, 2000, the album had sold seven million copies, and was certified 7× platinum by the RIAA.[1] This is currently Dave Matthews Band's best-selling album.


Recording of the album began in October 1995, and ended in January 1996. There were only four known songs from the Crash sessions that "didn't make it to the final cut." However, none of the titles are known.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
Q4/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[7]
USA Today3/4 stars[9]

Q described Crash as "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] Entertainment Weekly's Tom Sinclair praised the band's technical abilities, concluding that "one of the nicest things about DMB's music is that its distinctive complexity serves as a virtual assurance against a flood of lame imitator bands".[5]

Jim DeRogatis of Rolling Stone was less favorable and deemed Matthews' vocals "too much like Sting's at times" and his lyrics "typically banal",[10] while stating that the album's musical 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."[10] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice assigned it a "dud" rating.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David J. Matthews, except where 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" (Matthews, Tinsley, Stefan Lessard, Leroi Moore, Carter Beauford)4:22
5."#41" (Matthews, Tinsley, Lessard, Moore, Beauford)6:39
6."Say Goodbye"6:12
7."Drive In, Drive Out"5:55
8."Let You Down" (Matthews, Lessard)4:07
9."Lie in Our Graves" (Matthews, Tinsley, Lessard, Moore, Beauford)5:42
10."Cry Freedom"5:54
11."Tripping Billies"5:00
12."Proudest Monkey" (Matthews, Tinsley, Lessard, Moore, Beauford)9:11
Total length:68:51


Per liner notes.[12]

Dave Matthews Band
Additional personnel


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1996 Canada Top 100 Albums (RPM)[13] 25
US Billboard 200[14] 2


  1. ^ "RIAA- Gold & Platinum Searchable Database (Page 5)". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Dave Matthews Band, p. 33
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Crash – Dave Matthews Band". AllMusic. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2009). "Dave Matthews Band". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-972636-1. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Sinclair, Tom (May 3, 1996). "Crash". Entertainment Weekly. New York. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Dave Matthews Band: Crash". Q. London (119): 114. August 1996. 
  7. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (2004). "Dave Matthews Band". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 519–20. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  8. ^ Salamon, Jeff (May 1996). "Dave Matthews Band: Crash". Spin. New York. 12 (2): 107–08. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ Gundersen, Edna (May 7, 1996). "Matthews' music soars in 'Crash'; SWV in smooth groove". USA Today. McLean. Retrieved November 2, 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ a b DeRogatis, Jim; Gardner, Elysa (May 16, 1996). "Recordings". Rolling Stone. New York (734): 64. Retrieved January 7, 2009. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 17, 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ Crash (Liner notes). Dave Matthews Band. Charlottesville, Virginia: BMG Entertainment. 1996. p. 14. 
  13. ^ Canada Top Albums Peak
  14. ^ "Dave Matthews Band - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 27 April 2014.