What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's a lot of dark musing and poetic angst on display here. Sensitive artist types will love it.
What's the story?
Dave Matthews' SOME DEVIL album features intelligent poetry and well-performed whining. Matthews uses his amazing vocal range effectively and dramatically, but he seems like a pretty miserable guy. The lyrics deliver a bit of poetry and a lot of angst: \"Gravedigger, when you dig my grave/can you make it shallow/so that I can see the rain,\" and \"I love you oh so well/Like a kid loves candy and fresh snow/I love you oh so well/Enough to fill up heaven overflow and fill hell.\"
Is it any good?
Sensitive types will no doubt appreciate Matthews' angst-filled lyrics. But for the others of us, there are some lovely moments. "Stay or Leave" is a well-constructed and beautifully arranged song. "Save Me" has real energy and offers one of the shining moments on the CD. But mostly, the songs are rambling and whiny, and don't do justice to the talents of the singer.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what emotions the songs are intended to spark. How does this music make you feel? Why? How do you think the musicians felt when they wrote/recorded it?