Crash Reject The Rejects - I Am A Proud Monkey! Before writing my review I read through most of the folks that rated this album one star. Basically, their brilliant analysis of this record amounts to this stuff is popular so of course it sucks! and these guys arent real musicians! and Dave cant sing. Okay, if you dont like the singers voice for any band its difficult or impossible to listen to the band. Personally, I dont understand the dislike for Daves voice - it is certainly nothing akin to Geddy Lee or other vocalists that commonly warrant contempt (from others, not me: I love RUSH and the only vocalist that Ive found I cant stand is Josh Groban.) So the other arguments for disliking this record amount to I dislike this record, DMB sucks!, and anything popular is garbage! - now, perhaps it is just me, but dont those opinions sound like air-headed, anti-establishment high school sophomores with a chi p on their shoulder? To me they do. I know folks that hate anything that gets radio play. Why do they hate music that gains a visible public following? It seems they carry psychological scars - perhaps they were in punk bands in their younger years (or sti ll are) and never made the millions that they now resent being made by bands like DMB. I can understand that resentment, but it doesnt make DMB bad - it just makes DMB a symbol for those poorer, emotionally driven non-fans. So sad. It is sad because Dave Matthews *can* be a symbol of what great music aspires to be. I quit listening to music on the radio perhaps twenty years ago because there was so much drivel (and commercials.) I discovered Dave Matthews somewhat by accident and that event was like finding an oasis in the desert - holy cow, there are still musicians making music with complexity, real instruments, real voices, and real lyrics! And this was just before Crash was released. When I first heard Crash I knew that Under The Table And Dreaming was not just a fluke, that there really was a band that would be making music for decades to come that would evolve, grow, change, surprise me, and make me hunger for more. This is a recording that satisfies from beginning to end. Yes, I love Proudest Monkey! Every song on this record has something great to offer and Lie In Our Graves is one of the best songs DMB has ever created. Yes, live versions of many of these songs are perhaps better or warmer. I like listening to the studio versions as well as the live versions and hearing the contrast. If you dont like studio versions, choose otherwise! Pretty simple. Dave Matthews is not for the individual that rejects what has popularity for the sake of rejecting what is popular. If that describes you then I might suggest you avoid learning what is popular (I have no idea what industry chart numbers DMB records have reached because I choose not to make myself aware of industry charts) and instead learn to choose what is good because it is good. I believe that is par t of growing up and thinking for yourself, ironic though that may sound. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Crash - Download MP3 Today!
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