|Dave Matthews Band - Everyday|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Tuesday, 27 February 2001|
Dave Matthews Band's fourth studio album Everyday leads off with its first hit single, "I Did It." For those of you who have been hiding out under a rock for the past month or so, "I Did It" is a bass-heavy track with a killer opening riff and a catchy chorus. This song exemplifies all that is right as well as wrong with this album. While it is hard to criticize anything in particular on this Everyday, long-time Dave Matthews Band fans will note that the band’s grittiness and edge are sorely missing from this latest release.
The lyrics, written entirely by Dave Matthews and Glen Ballard, are heavy on sexual innuendo and come-ons. Matthews renders these lyrics in a manner strongly reminiscent of Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. Ballard is also credited with the production and arrangements on Everyday, which may account for the loss of some of the texture found on the old Dave Matthews Band releases. A similar phenomenon occurred when Ballard worked with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Everyday uses a lot less of Leroi Moore and Boyd Tinsley’s work than prior releases. Despite less air time, Moore comes through strongly when utilized as he is on "So Right." The second-to-last track, "Mother Father," features the album’s only prolonged solo, courtesy of guest Carlos Santana.
Everyday is well recorded, with minimal background noise and good miking. The entire album is fairly solid from a sonic perspective but has no tracks that really stand out from a recording standpoint.
At the end of the day, the Dave Matthews Band's latest release, Everyday is a solid performer that conveys much of the band’s persona, which will do well in today's pop atmosphere. Those of us who enjoy the roughness and the interplay that makes this band excellent in live shows will be left wanting more and hoping that the next release demonstrates a bit more of the Dave Matthews Band roots.