15 Songs, 1 Hour 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s gratifying to know that an album as quirky as Under The Table And Dreaming could become a mega-hit. The Dave Matthews Band achieved this rare feat by tempering its expansively eclectic approach with tight arrangements and a sure feel for pop hooks. South African-born Matthews brings some of the rhythmic traditions of his native continent to the mix, but his group’s sound embraces Celtic and American folk elements as well. Leroi Moore’s sax and Boy Tinsley’s fiddle add particularly vivid flashes of color to the group’s flowing, supple sound. Matthews’ vocals—gnarled and snarling on some songs, caressingly tender on others – bring urgency to his idiosyncratic lyrics. The jittery yet smooth “Ants Marching” and the smartly swinging “What Would You Say” served to introduce millions to the DMB’s peculiar charms. Equally appealing are such diverse tracks are the self-lacerating rocker “Rhyme & Reason,” the beguiling lullaby/waltz “Satellite” and the serenely billowing “Love Lay Down.” Producer Steve Lillywhite brings a luster to these tracks, bringing out their acoustic-centered sparkle. One of the defining rock albums of the mid-‘90s, Under The Table And Dreaming remains a tangy, invigorating pleasure to hear.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s gratifying to know that an album as quirky as Under The Table And Dreaming could become a mega-hit. The Dave Matthews Band achieved this rare feat by tempering its expansively eclectic approach with tight arrangements and a sure feel for pop hooks. South African-born Matthews brings some of the rhythmic traditions of his native continent to the mix, but his group’s sound embraces Celtic and American folk elements as well. Leroi Moore’s sax and Boy Tinsley’s fiddle add particularly vivid flashes of color to the group’s flowing, supple sound. Matthews’ vocals—gnarled and snarling on some songs, caressingly tender on others – bring urgency to his idiosyncratic lyrics. The jittery yet smooth “Ants Marching” and the smartly swinging “What Would You Say” served to introduce millions to the DMB’s peculiar charms. Equally appealing are such diverse tracks are the self-lacerating rocker “Rhyme & Reason,” the beguiling lullaby/waltz “Satellite” and the serenely billowing “Love Lay Down.” Producer Steve Lillywhite brings a luster to these tracks, bringing out their acoustic-centered sparkle. One of the defining rock albums of the mid-‘90s, Under The Table And Dreaming remains a tangy, invigorating pleasure to hear.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
56 Ratings
56 Ratings
fletch622 ,

Jimi Thing back to normal

Glad to see that the correct version of "Jimi Thing" with LeRoi's sax outro is back in this version. Anyone who owns or has heard the first cut of the remastered version knows what I'm talking about here...

ApplegotwhatNintendon't ,

Excellent Album

I'm a loyal DMB fan, but never really gave this album a chance. For some reason I jumped into "Crash" and enjoyed every album after that. I decided to complete my collection by adding "Under the table and dreaming". Can't believe it took me over 22 years to finally get into this album, and I must say its Amazing... All the tracks are done very well and quite original considering this came out during the peak of the Grunge era led my Nirvana. Dancing Nancies acoustic might be one of my favorite songs of all time.. Dave's voice is just amazing and the lyrics are superb.. Great album that should not be overlooked.

thmckenzie ,

Classic DMB

One of DMB's best albums presented with a crisp sound. What more could a fan ask for?!

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