If you are a long time fan and you say that you love this album, you are 100% living in denial. This band stopped being relevant around 15 years ago and absolutely can only get by on their back catalog. I for one have tapped out on this band and did several years ago after decades of total and complete obsession. With each passing album it is very apparent Dave’s days as a top song writer and long behind him. I’m cool with bands evolving, but this is just terrible, unlistenable music that only the most die hard of fans can enjoy. And I apologize, but if you’re still following this band like it’s 1998 or 2008 for that sake, you need to grow up and move past college. I’ll remember the good old days fondly, but please stop acting like this guy is god. He’s a very average song writer and guitarist at the very best. And bring back Boyd, the guy is a mess and there is a thing called forgiveness. Stop being so pc!
While there are a few decent songs on here like Madman’s Eyes, Break Free, and Monsters, there are other tracks, like Something to Tell My Baby, that just seem to lack personality. Overall it’s a good album and a better than the previous entry in their library.
Brilliant 10th Album!!
By jcin Auburn
From start to finish this is an amazing listen. The band as it sits today is well represented by this album! There could always be more Jeff 🎷.
How did this guy ever got a recording contract ?This guy is awful. He is not a very good musician. Take some lessons, do some listening. Some so-called “Rock’’ being put out today is just horrific !
sounds like the crappy one eyed jack album by mellencamp, garbage
Grows on me with every listen
I'd heard about half these songs live and liked them all, but it's so interesting to hear the studio versions. My favorites so far are Madman's Eyes, The Only Thing, Break Free and It Could Happen. Can't wait to hear them all live, which is always the best way to listen to DMB. They are always amazing live and these will be great additions to the shows.
I want to like this new DMB effort...
I've listened to the album fron to back 3x now. I really want to like it, but I can't fully commit to saying I do. I'm all for a band evolving and/or trying new sounds, mixing techniques, etc. I don't buy into the critics bashing Dave for working outside of the box so many have put them in. There are some decent tunes here, but no real flow on the album as a whole. It's good background music, but nothing truly stands out.
By Bummed about badges
I am an avid, dedicated DMB fan and have been for 20+ years. My first listen was, admittedly, a bit meh, though I absolutely love the mix for Walk Around the Moon. I went to both shows over the weekend and kept listening to the new album in between and it has rapidly grown on me. Each song has specific, deep meaning, if you’re willing to listen for it. Looking for a Vein is classic DMB deep meaning, reflective, mortality stuff and beautifully played.
If you’re on the fence, I get it. Keep listening. It’s a beautiful album!
Good, solid return
I didn’t know if I really liked it, but the more I listened, I find that I do. I miss the horns of the previous albums, but we all evolve and a band can and should do the same.
LIfetune vs, One hit wonders
By Sioux Falls Steve
It's like when Dylan went electric in the mid 60's and people lost their minds. The simple truth is when the artist of our youth grow older with us, they change too. DMB continues to be engaged and write great music. LIke Dylan, they continue to test new sounds and ideas as they grow older. They're journey is totally different now than in the 90's and it makes sense that it would reflected in their art. If that is an issue for someone, plenty of of classic rock stations to listen to. As for me, I'm enjoying the ride with bands like DMB, moe., Phish, Pearl Jam, etc.