Everyday CD cover art.

Everyday


Dave Matthews Band (more)
RCA
Everyday review rating: 3 stars. 3

I must admit, I wasn't a fan of Dave Matthews band early on, when everyone else was raving about this act when they erupted in the early 90's. I may still not be a fan, as it were, but I do appreciate good music and that's what I found on their 2001 offering "Everyday".

It sits in my CD collection among my eclectic mix of music from the 70's to now, which includes such notables as Ah-Ha, Tears for Fears, Joe Jackson, Tom T. Hall, Cledus T. Judd, George Harrison, Sting, Rush, Alan Jackson, and many others, even the Monkees and Bob Marley. "Everyday" was a recommendation from a friend, and I like it.

It is crisp, well produced, and features outstanding musicianship alongside Matthews' well seasoned, inarguably original vocal style, which is especially pleasing during harmonies. His vocal style does offer qualities I'm not a great fan of, such as the "sexy" growl that serves as a wind-up to certain words in some songs. That style annoys me to no end, especially when it's abused by guys like Enrique Iglesias. Another quality is the yodel range he gets into for certain notes. Not too bad, but I'm not bothered as much by it when I hear Chris Martin of Coldplay do the same thing.

Thankfully Dave Matthews uses these stylings fairly infrequently on this CD. Not as much as his earlier efforts anyway. That's why I was never a big fan, but on the whole "Everyday" is a great collection of songs with enough twists and turns to keep most rock music fans happy.

Because of this CD I will sample another from Dave Matthews Band to see what else they have in store.

— Drew