When the Dave Matthews Band first started to become popular, I really liked it. I liked the crazy horn lines and the ad-hoc instrumentation and the soulful singing of his first big record (1998? I was in 6th grade at the time, I think.) I thought the band also rocked really hard and had a lot of world-music influence that even as a kid I appreciated.
Then Dave entered his smooth-sophisticated-lover phase with songs like Crush and Stay (Wasting Time.) The band still kicked ass but Dave Matthews himself started to become more the focus of the band and his some of his songs got more love-oriented. I didn’t mind though, because now I was in middle school and his music was a good soundtrack for my constant stream of unrequited crushes.
The Dave, apparently influenced by Jack Johnson and John Mayer, started to take on more of a “guitar band” sound (i.e. an acoustic guitar and sappy-ass lyrics.) His radio song last year was “Oh.”
I love you oh so well…like a kid loves candy and fresh snow…
It was at this point that I realized that Dave Matthews was scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Then came “American Baby.”
A horrible, sickening, cloying, atrocious song that sounds like a combination of Genesis and Coldplay, with vile lyrics and incredibly annoying music. A song that sucks so hard, it could suck a golf ball through a garden hose. Dave, what happened? Why did you need to do this?