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The Very Best of Dave & Tim,
This review is from: Live At Luther College (Audio CD)
Before hearing this CD, I was mostly unfamiliar with Dave Matthews' material. I'd heard a few songs on the radio, and seen a few videos on MTV, but I had never really gotten into it. And then one day I heard this album coming from my roommate's room. I immediately asked to borrow the CDs, and after one listen I finally understood what all the fuss was about.
I've since gotten all of the band's albums, and I love them all, but this one remains my favorite. Dave and Tim strip down each song, capturing the very essence of the original. "#41" exudes the loneliness that was only hinted at on the Crash album, and "Halloween" is pounded out with an undeniably dark passion.
And to top it all off, Tim Reynolds provides good reason to believe that he was born with a guitar in his hands. He displays his unbelievable skills with solos on "Typical Situation" and "Tripping Billies" (to name just a couple), as well as rocking the place with the awe-inspiring "Stream."
Add all of this to Dave's comments to the crowd in between songs (which really gives you a sense of being at the concert), and you've got an album that anyone interested in quality music will love.
Don't pass this up! I guarantee that it holds up after multiple listenings, and will provide you with many long hours of enjoyment.