Away From The World
Label: RCA RECORDS LABEL
The return of producer Steve Lillywhite obviously means his creative differences with Dave Matthews have been put to rest. This is a good thing: Away from the World exudes textures, colors, warmth and space unique to their working relationship. There's plenty of hushed acoustica ("Sweet," "Belly Full," "Snow Outside"). But the more compelling tunes are those with complex arrangements full of shifting time changes and layered horns. These include the chops-heavy "Belly Belly Nice" and the sprawling "Drunken Soldier," which surely explodes in a million different directions in the live setting.