Review: Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band, ‘Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King’: Aidin Vaziri | The sudden death of saxophonist LeRoi Moore has had a transformative effect on the Dave Matthews Band. The group was well past the point of complacency when the band’s founding member died from injuries he sustained in an ATV accident last summer. But on their new album, produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance), the surviving musicians charge back with their most raucous and emotional set of music since their early ’90s heyday, veering from horn-infused rockers such as “Shake Me Like a Monkey” to unexpectedly tender passages such as “Lying in the Hands of God.” The propulsive single “Funny the Way It Is” is the kind of song that can win back fans who long ago wrote them off for Wilco, while “Alligator Pie” shows that the tragedy hasn’t robbed the band of its celebratory spirit. In a weird way, it’s never sounded more alive.

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