“Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King” – Dave Matthews Band (Joint Review)
I haven’t heard much of the Dave Matthews Band’s music to be honest, while they’re big in the US, but here in Australia they’re basically unknown. This is the first album since their saxophonist LeRoi Moore died in an accident on his farm. It includes some of the late saxophonist’s last recordings and ‘Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King’ is a tribute to him.
‘Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King’ is the seventh studio album from the DMB and has reached number 1 on the US album charts. It’s been four years since their last release ‘Stand Up’ and like or album we reviewed last week, there ere lots of people who were highly anticipating this album. The album is a tribute and it starts perfectly with a lone saxophone and this is a really somber lead up into the album.
Now, to the actual album, to be perfectly honest this isn’t quite my type of music, it doesn’t usually grab hold of me and the songs on these type of albums, I typically don’t remember. But on ‘Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King’ there are some memorable moments, and while I don’t think it’s an amazing record it’s definitely a really good one.
The album’s tempo gets considerably higher after the saxophone intro, ‘Shake Me Like A Monkey’ is more of a conventional rock song than anything else, but with a bit of a twist. It’s one of my favourites from the album because its so upbeat and it’s refreshing to have songs on a sombre album that are upbeat, yet still powerful.
‘Spaceman’ is one of the songs I was talking about before, it really sticks in your head. The song itself brings the album a level up from, where it would have been if this song was not included. Along with ‘Shake Me Like A Monkey’ and ‘Why I Am’, ‘Spaceman’ is a track that should be listened to, even if you don’t listen to the rest of the album.
Overall, it’s a really solid album that is a fitting tribute to their former band member. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but there’s enough quality in it to grab hold of a few people.
I wouldn’t recommend the whole album to everybody, but I would recommend everyone to have a listen to the tracks I mentioned and if you like them then, go ahead with the full album.