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 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
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [3]
Robert Christgau (dud) [4]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone mixed[7]

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".[7] 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."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David J. Matthews, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
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:


Dave Matthews Band
Additional personnel

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1996 Canada Top 100 Albums (RPM)[8] 25
US Billboard 200[9] 2


  1. ^ "RIAA- Gold & Platinum Searchable Database (Page 5)". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Dave Matthews Band, p. 33
  3. ^ Crash (Dave Matthews Band album) at AllMusic
  4. ^ Robert Christgau
  5. ^ Crash (1996) Dave Matthews Band, Reviewed by Tom Sinclair. Entertainment Weekly
  6. ^ a b "Review: Crash". Q. IPC Media: 114. August 1996. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  7. ^ a b c DeRogatis, Jim; Gardner, Elysa (1996-05-16), "Recordings". Rolling Stone. (734):64 (accessed 2009-01-07)
  8. ^ Canada Top Albums Peak
  9. ^ "Dave Matthews Band - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 27 April 2014.