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100-Word Review: Dave Matthews Band’s “Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King”

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The spirit of former Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who died during recording from complications from an ATV accident, infuses every bit of Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King.  His licks open and end the album, and Matthews sings quite clearly about his missing friend on several tracks, most notably “Why I Am” — but rather than feeling morose, Groogrux King instead seems to be a celebration, a fitting tribute to a musician whose sax had helped define so much of the band’s sound.  First-time DMB producer Rob Cavallo brings a welcome warmer, more lush tone to this record.

Grade: B

(Sometimes — not always, but sometimes — these 100-word constraints are problematic.)

Written by Allen

June 10th, 2009 at 10:00 am