Stand Up

Stand Up

by Dave Matthews Band


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With a string of live recordings since 2001's controversial Everyday, the Dave Matthews Band has been grooving in something close to autopilot, more intent on pleasing fans than in stretching out. That M.O. changes significantly on Stand Up, one of the band's most adventurous efforts, and certainly among the most varied studio sets of their career. For starters, Matthews pumps up the energy level surprisingly often, as on the title track, which uses a martial drumbeat to anchor a bottom end that doesn't politely suggest that folks shake their groove thang but rather forces them onto the dance floor. That's underscored by the agreeably gritty playing of saxophonist Leroi Moore, who also struts his stuff on the hip-hop-tinged "Stolen Away at 55th and 3rd." Some credit must go to producer Mark Batson, who helmed India.Arie's breakthrough, Acoustic Soul, as well as tracks for Eminem, Beyoncé, Seal, and Sting. But Matthews retains his unique style, making better use of world music elements here than he has in some time, notably on the sensual "Dreamgirl," which employs eerily echoing backing vocals dripping with aboriginal flavor. That song is one of several that let the singer get his mojo working and provide good counterpoint to topical tunes such as the sprawling "American Baby," a life-during-wartime allegory that's preceded by the separate "American Baby" intro, a mélange of mournful piano and sampled gunfire. There's a similar urgency in "Everybody Wake Up (Our Finest Hour Arrives)," a song that also boasts a fascinating (and somewhat jarring) arrangement drawing as much on modern classical music as on anything from the rock idiom. The vibe of Stand Up is slightly different than the average DMB album, but for those who value a thrill ride as much as a cruise, it's definitely worth buckling up for.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828766879629
catalogNumber: 68796
Rank: 6598

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Matthews Band   Primary Artist,Vocals,Guitar,Piano
Butch Taylor   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Mark Batson   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Moog Bass,Vox Continental
Stefan Lessard   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Boyd Tinsley   Mandolin,Violin,Vocals,Electric Violin
Carter Beauford   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Leo Payne   Violin
Ann Marie Calhoun   Violin
Audrey Riley   Cello
LeRoi Moore   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Susan Dench   Viola

Technical Credits

Mark Batson   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Rob Evans   Engineer
Chris Kress   Engineer
John Hanes   Engineer
Audrey Riley   String Arrangements
Stefan Lessard   Art Direction
Thane Kerner   Art Direction
Coran Capshaw   Management
LeRoi Moore   Pyrotechnics
Dave Matthews Band   Art Direction

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Stand Up 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
"Stand up" is worse than DMB's "Everyday" album. Both discs are more about the albums' producers (Ballard & Batson) than DMB, and both stink of their influence. DMB needs to re-discovery their old sound. This new stuff just stinks because it's not DMB, it's producer Batson's album. I WANT MY DMB BACK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't much of a Dave Mathews fan, but after getting the CD, I found myself really into it. Most Cd's only have 2 or 3 songs I like, but I find myself listening to this one all of the way through. Stand Up will make you bob your head until your neck is sore, and Everybody Wake Up is an all time classic. The beautiful Steady as We Go hammers the point home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great c.d. Whether you're a hardcore dmb fan, like me, or you just want to listen to a great c.d., this is for you. It's not the classic Dave that you're used to, but it's still really good music. My favorites include Dreamgirl, the American Baby Intro (even though it's short), American Baby, Smooth Rider, Everybody Wake Up, Out of My Hands, and Hunger for the Great Light. Pretty much all of them!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must agree that this album is quite different from others. It just doesn't sound like the original DMB, but even so, it still has a few good songs. I was a tad bit disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
that's all i have to say. i've seen dmb when he wasn't mainstream at the floodzone in va and that was dmb. i understand explore your artistic side but please come back to your roots for the fans. someday they will be back! in days of old, sweet acoustic, band jamming, poetic lyrics and throw in a bottle of bourbon was the sound you got. good times. dmb where have you gone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With this album, the guys had fun and it shows. Dave's lyrics feels channeled from a deeper side of himself at times and the music being pure magic with this special chemistry that this band is known for. Hard for me to not get up and dance with this album. Sweetest to the soul with the expressions of the nation intertwined in the motion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok...So you are looking for another DMB cd, with new jams, but you are looking for the same old style of his music. Not going to get it here. Sure, there are a few songs that sound like classic DMB, but there are also many that have this new feeling to them...between electronically produced rap beats, and worldly melodies created by a variety of instruments. At first the sound hits you and you don't know what to think. But then you realize the masterful way in which the band has approached this album. You'll be singing the chorus for "Stand Up" within no time. I recommend this album for anyone that is transitioning from the pop scene to DMB type music, and for the DMB regulars...just try it. The first time through the album may be troublesome, but after awhile the new style grows on you. I realized that this is the step DMB chose to take, and the results aren't half bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was so different from there other work and it was pretty good for something new. Its not like the traditional smooth mix between jazz and rock that htey usually have, they picked up the beat a little and it is a pretty good album. It deserves 5 stars cause you got to be pretty gutsy to make something so different and still make it awsome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave Matthews has really disapointed here. This cd is nothing like his older stuff, and tends to follow the rhythm of the songs on Everyday that no one really liked. If you are a DMB fan, do not buy this cd. After buying it, I seriously thought about smashing it. Each song seems far too mechanical, and at times I thought I was listening to a Rap CD. I'm strongly considering not going to my 9th Dave concert based on this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With new producer Mark Batson, Stand Up has a hip hop feel to it. They lost the sound of the good old days. Bring back Steve Lillywhite.
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