Before These Crowded Streets (studio album) by Dave Matthews Band

Before These Crowded Streets by Dave Matthews Band
Year: 1998
Overall rank: 2,995th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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73/100 (from 208 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1998 (59th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (527th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,995th)

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Before These Crowded Streets is ranked 3rd best out of 61 albums by Dave Matthews Band on BestEverAlbums.com.

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From 01/09/2018 15:53
After a couple of albums of bright, jazzy jams, this album is much darker. The addition of a greater variety of sounds makes this the closest thing they've done to a world music album. But it's still DMB: the average track length is just under seven minutes and the virtuoso playing still shines through. One of their best.

Favorite tracks: Stay (Wasting Time), The Stone, Rapunzel
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75/100
From 05/02/2016 15:51
DMB's 3rd album is darker, less accessible, more complex and musically more complicated than any other album they have.

Crush, Stay, Don't Drink the Water are classic DMB songs

Rapunzel and Last Stop are frenetic intense songs.

The 2 previous albums were high on whimsy and good times. Dave is angry here and charged up with political injustices.

This album proved that DMB are more technically skilled than a college jam band, but I don't listen to this album from beginning to end.

Halloween is uncomfortable; a growling groveling Dave Matthews is not pleasant on the ears. Great atmosphere for what he wants to convey but I don't want to hear it more than once

What comes after lacks hooks and is unmemorable.

I respect this offering more than like it.

First 2 album, Busted Stuff, and Groo Crux King are better albums.

The top 3 songs are keepers though on a DMB playlist.
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80/100
From 10/19/2013 03:13
Easily Dave Matthew's best.
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From 04/28/2013 02:09
Too long.
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From 03/02/2013 05:00
There are some great moments, and some boring moments, on this one. At 70 minutes, this could've been shaved into a much tighter album, not necessarily cutting songs, as they all have their moments, but trimming down the excess a bit.

But then it wouldn't exactly be a Dave Matthews Band album, would it?
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From 05/04/2012 23:33
This is a great and complex album. This is the first DMB studio album that sounded like it was made for the studio. Really fine stuff.
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From 01/30/2012 04:16
After making two great albums of upbeat party jam music, the DMB decided to get serious and somber. The album is brilliant from start to finish. Great music that compliments to tone of each of the songs. Musical interludes between many of the songs provide transitions to make this album a complete unified piece.
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From 05/21/2011 16:13
A real, angry, politically charged and melodic album from Dave Matthews? Yep. This is worth the rest of his catalog put together. "Don;'t Drink The Water" is brilliant.
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From 08/22/2006 20:33
Sure, DMB can be prone to long-winded jams, but this album is suprisingly brilliant, with complex rhythms, good use of musical tension, and exotic time signatures (The Dreaming Tree is in 7/8).
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