I'm a HUGE DMB fan, but honestly, this album blows. They hired a rap producer to do the album and what they got was a rap CD.
-Dave's acoustic guitar (the basis for the band IMO) was nonexistant
-Most of the songs had only one verse
-Boyd's voilin was incredibly weak when it was even there. Nothing fast and creative, just a slow beat.
-There was no energy in any of the songs with the possible exception of American Baby.
-Sythesizers were used in beats. The word synthesizer is enough to make me puke in reference to the Dave Matthews Band
-There was nearly no music; it was just Dave singing the same thing over and over with nothing more than a beat in the background (just like a rap album)
Really this producer, Mark Batson, he is absolutely horrible
Here's hoping Live they can retify these songs by bringing some energy to these "songs" and playing with some kind of force.
Thankfully, I think they'll be able to make something good out of these when they appear live.