Away from the World [CD/DVD] [Super Deluxe Edition]

Away from the World [CD/DVD] [Super Deluxe Edition]

by Dave Matthews BandDave Matthews Band

CD(Special Edition / Bonus DVD)

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Getting back to the basics after a semi-extended break, Dave Matthews Band reunites with producer Steve Lillywhite -- the man who helmed their big major-label hits of the '90s -- for Away from the World, 2012's long-gestating sequel to 2009's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. This marks the first time Lillywhite has worked with DMB since 1998's Before These Crowded Streets, and there's no denying he's the best producer for the band, articulating their elasticity with clarity and reigning in their excesses. Which isn't to say Away from the World is streamlined, as it hardly is. It has frayed ends and odd shifts, moments of great exuberance countered with quivering sensitivity, tightly written pop songs giving way to mini-epics, love songs balanced with ribald paeans to dripping peaches and full bellies. It's a little of everything that the Dave Matthews Band does, condensed to a relatively tight 53 minutes, Lillywhite giving the inherent digressions crispness and warmth, just like he did on Under the Table and Dreaming and Crash, but for as much as this recalls the sound of prime '90s DMB, Away from the World is clearly the work of a veteran band, one not so concerned with hits, one that likes to live within the well-etched world they've created. Sure, a few of these songs could conceivably cross over beyond the DMB diehards -- "If Only" is underpinned by some seductive soul groove, "Rooftop" carries a big pop hook, while the sex romp "Belly Belly Nice" evokes memories of "Ants Marching" -- but there is no real attempt to broaden their audience, nor is there the self-conscious stretching that marked some of Matthews' 2000s albums. Matthews is quite content where he is, writing songs about his family, wife, the world, and life as he approaches middle age, happy to consolidate DMB's strengths without quite seeming settled. Consequently, Away from the World is a bit of a rare thing: a return to form lacking an ounce of nostalgia. [A Super Deluxe Edition added a bonus disc of live tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2012
Label: Rca
UPC: 0887254591627
catalogNumber: 545916
Rank: 124450


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Matthews Band   Primary Artist
Dave Matthews   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Jeff Coffin   Flute,Alto Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Roger Smith   Organ
Carter Beauford   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Stefan Lessard   Bass,fender rhodes
Tim Reynolds   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Boyd Tinsley   Violin
Rashawn Ross   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards,Bass Trumpet,Background Vocals
Youth Ch-Op Choir   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Matthews   Composer,Art Direction,Illustrations
Jeff Coffin   Composer
Michael Lane   Video Director
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Mark Matthews   Composer
John Alagia   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Carter Beauford   Composer
Joe Lawlor   Engineer,Videography,Road Crew
Stefan Lessard   Composer
LeRoi Moore   Composer
Tim Reynolds   Composer
Boyd Tinsley   Composer
Ian Kuhn   Monitor Engineer,Coloring,Digital Layout,Road Crew
Dave Matthews Band   Composer
Lars Fox   Pro-Tools
Steve Vance   Road Crew
Randy McDonald   Road Crew
Brook Langton   Road Crew
Bill Greer   Road Crew
Dale Vaughn   Road Crew
Sean Stanley   Road Crew
Craig Baker   Guitar Techician,Road Crew
Rashawn Ross   Composer
Justin Armstrong   Engineer
Coran Capshaw   Management
Bob Chaize   Road Crew
Pete Franks   Road Crew
Henry Luniewski   Drum Technician,Road Crew
Hank McHugh   Road Crew
Lonnie Quinn   Road Crew
Mike Rinehart   Road Crew
Arnold Simmons   Camera Operator,Road Crew
Fenton Williams   Road Crew
Rodger Baughman   Road Crew
Gregory Botimer   Road Crew
Carrie Charbonneau   Road Crew
Mo Dinsmore   Camera Operator,Road Crew
Allyson Fief   Road Crew
Gregory Frederick   Road Crew
Kara Gilfoil   Road Crew
Ernie Haughey   Road Crew
Andrew Labriola   Road Crew
Poli Nightingale   Road Crew
Daryl Pearsall   Road Crew
Aaron Stinebrink   Road Crew
Edgar Stuckey   Road Crew
Alex Stultz   Road Crew
Rob Tison   Road Crew
Mike Puckett   Road Crew
Ryan Gilligan   Pro-Tools
David Diaz   Road Crew
Floyd Reitsma   Engineer
Geoff Trump   Road Crew
Tommy Lyon   Road Crew
Erik Porter   Bass Technician,Road Crew
Bo Ives   Road Crew
Jeff "Bagby" Thomas   Live Sound Engineer,Road Crew
Mike Lane   Road Crew
Lisa Boland   Road Crew
Richard Genereux   Road Crew
Jerry Johnson   Road Crew
Jim Hathaway   Road Crew
Anthony Giordano   Road Crew
Keith Cummings   Road Crew
John Scandary   Road Crew
Jim Null   Road Crew
Jerry Fitzpatrick   Road Crew
Zack Phifer   Road Crew
Willy Williamson   Road Crew
Wayne McMillin   Road Crew
Robert Jordan   Road Crew
David Ariwe   Colorist
Chris Byrum   Camera Operator,Road Crew
Fiona Bohane   Road Crew
Alex Serkey   Road Crew
Andrew Hucks-Folliss   Road Crew
Tom Whittaker   Road Crew
Todd Coogen   Road Crew
Steven Frailey   Road Crew
Steve Olean   Road Crew
Simon Knudsen   Road Crew
Monica Cook   Road Crew
Mike Pollina   Road Crew
Mike Forges   Road Crew
Mark Frazier   Road Crew
Lupe Garcia   Road Crew
David Martin   Road Crew
Pati Villegas   Road Crew
Chad Gorr   Road Crew
Bryan Strickland   Road Crew
Brandon Kasler   Road Crew
Brad Galvin   Road Crew
Anne Churchill   Road Crew
Andrew Miller   Road Crew
Bo O'Brien   Video Engineer,Road Crew
Kevin Harber   Road Crew

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