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Before These Crowded Streets [Soundtrack]

Dave Matthews Band Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00000638Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pantala Naga Pampa
2. Rapunzel
3. The Last Stop
4. Don't Drink the Water
5. Stay
6. Halloween
7. The Stone
8. Crush
9. The Dreaming Tree
10. Pig
11. Spoon

Product Description


The Dave Matthews Band moves its music forward by increments on Before These Crowded Streets. While the album offers more of the folkish melodies and vaguely internationalist rhythms that made this Charlottesville, Virginia, group a major record and concert draw, it also finds them adding new colourings to the mix. Alanis Morissette guests on two cuts, "Spoon" and the disc's first single, "Don't Drink the Water", and banjo whiz Bela Fleck sits in, too. More interesting, though, is the modernist string arrangement played by the Kronos Quartet on the driving "Halloween". Matthews's obvious hopes to lead something other than a jam band are at least partly fulfilled here; at the same time, Streets should keep his customers satisfied. --Rickey Wright

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Matthews Band is totally brilliant 17 July 2003
I don't know what to say to the last review of Before These Crowded streets that thought it was awful after buying Everyday and enjoying it. I can only say this being a DMB fan for many years now and having seen them 7 times - Everyday is the least favourite of most people here in North America. It was not a Dave Matthews Band album but rather was Dave and Glen Ballard (Alanis Jagged Little Pill) writing songs that the band was instructed exactly how to play. The first two 5 star reviews of this album say it best - BTCS is an musically brilliant album with lyrics so intense and deeply moving you will shudder! The Dreaming Tree is so melancholy it makes me cry just thinking about it. The Stone is intense, Rapunzel's chorus is deliciously romantic, Alanis' little verse on Spoon is lovely. Please if you are in the UK and wish to know more DMB I would recommend getting all the albums and the live stuff. DMB live is what made them so famous today. Folsom Field is awesome as is Listener Supported. I hope DMB comes your way soon. Eat, drink and be merry, Steve
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Many A Listen! 21 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
It took me a while to get into this album but it was well worth the effort! It is not an album that you can simply put on as background music, or at least not without it being wasted. This is a very technical album, with many intricate harmonies from Dave and Carter, and a multitude of little "bonus" tracks after almost every song. This creates an effect of each song linking, making the entire album a continuous build up, culminating in the brilliant "Spoon". On the way you are treated to many a musical delight, in particular "The Stone" and "The Dreaming Tree" which are both very dark and yet pleasantly uncomplicated - which probably adds to the dark feel! This album is also the home of an amazing bass line from Steffan on "Crush". It also features two colaborations with Alanis Morisette in the form of "Spoon" and "Don't Drink The Water" - a song about the development of America at the expense of the native Indians. At the end of the day this is a fantastic album that can only really be listened to all the way through and with great attention to do it justice. It simply adds more support to the argument that everyone should own a piece of DMB work!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars speechless 28 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
this album was my first encounter with the dmb. it left me speechless. for some months now i've been listening to it almost daily (and sometimes twice a day) and it still hasn't worn off in the slightest - in fact it is still getting better with each new listening. there is a lot one could say about the incredible style-shifting arrangements, the impeccable musicianship of everyone in the band, the extraordinary lyrics, the truly gripping voice of dave matthews etc. etc. - but what really stands out is the passion (and i mean both the ecstacy and the suffering contained therein) and the scorching energy of the album. enough. it really left me speechless. listen to it, but not as background music. put it on, fasten your seat belt and stay with it. it will reward you again and again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Technical yet heartfelt 15 Feb 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This simply is a wonderful album by DMB: it features highly technical stuff (just listen to the drummer on Rapunzel), yet it is heartfelt with a unique mix of folk, rock, trash, soul and freejazz. Grows every time you listen to it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funky soul jazz mix worthy of worship! 4 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The first song I heard from this album was 'Crush', which enchanted me with its mixture of 'folk'ishness and mixture of jazz and funk. This eclectic brilliance is very rarely seen, and it has to be said that the Dave Matthews Band have a large amount of it. With an almost 'hardcore' feeling to songs such as 'Don't Drink the Water' and 'Stay' mixed with the softer, more relaxed feeling of 'The Dreaming Tree', Before These Crowded Streets is one of the best albums I have heard this year! Excellent!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where did this come from? 26 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
In their first two albums, DMB not only marked out their niche in the market as a group of supremely gifted musicians and Dave Matthews himself as a very good song writer but Before These Crowded Streets takes them beyond that. This album shows that the real secret to this band is in the incredible arrangements and the layering of the talents involved and as a result this album is unlike any other.

Rapunzel is the first real track on here and its so incredibly funky but its not funk and that really sets the tone for the whole album as nothing is what you might think. Don't Drink The Water is full of brooding menace with Alanis Morisette contributing some of her best work since her debut album.

The most easily accesible and populist song would probably be Stay (Wasting Time) which harkens back to the glory days of R&B and Stax but without really sounding dated, more like how we might wish soul music had evolved.

The stand out track for me is Stone with its heavy strings and rolling rhythms and harmonious chorus. I once heard someone describe the opening tracks of Under the Table and Dreaming as sounding like a carousel and at the funfair, if thats the case then Stone is like skiing away from an avalanche before plunging into the ocean. Wonderful.

This is an album for real music lovers to enjoy great musicians having their talents used to their fullest. It might take some a while to really get deep into the multiple layers but once you allow yourself to be swept away by it your feet might never touch the ground again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Good album, good introduction to DMB.
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Published on 4 Sep 2009 by Ines Seabra
5.0 out of 5 stars This record is simply delectable
This record is simply delectable. Deep, moving lyrics, wonderfully arranged and presented with precision and beauty. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2008 by Dr. R. Matthews
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all costs!!
I recently bought Dave Matthews album 'Everyday' which I thought was very good, so good infact that, because this was my first DMB album, I would get some of his others. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars ~I Cried~
Words aren't enough to say how incredibly powerful the music of Dave Matthews Band is. It is not demanding in the slightest, yet it will reach out to your soul and shake you to... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dave Matthews must
Dave Matthews delivers a different angle with this work of art. Normally pertaining to a pop culture audience, DMB's "Before These Crowded Streets" shows a much darker... Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz? Rock? Pop? You decide?
'Before These Crowded Streets' is perhaps Dave Matthews Band's best album to date. It combines a unique combination of music with Jazz, Rock and Pop all being combined to a great... Read more
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