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Busted Stuff

Progressive acoustic jazz/rock
"I'm on bended knee, I pray, Bartender please/Oh when I was young I didn't think about it/But now I can't get it out of my mind/I'm on bended knee, please father, please"
— from "Bartender"

Arguably the second biggest band in the world today behind U2, the Dave Matthews Band has only grown in popularity over the last decade, defying all age and race demographics. In the summer of 2002 they released Busted Stuff, a reworked collection of songs shelved from a previous recording session. Good thing these acoustic jazz/rock tracks didn't slip through the cracks. Much of it ranks with Dave Matthews's strongest work. It's also some of his most deeply felt, soul–searching, and biblically inspired music since 1994's "Christmas Song," which focused on Christ's birth and death.

As the title suggests, recurring themes of brokenness permeate this sobering album, especially in tracks like "Grace Is Gone," "Raven," and the title cut. Amid the loneliness and grief is a buoyant hit single called "Grey Street," in which Dave sings about a young woman who finds herself slowly losing hope in light of a fallen world: "There's an emptiness inside her/And she'd do anything to fill it in/And though it's red blood bleeding from her now/It's more like cold blue ice in her heart." Ignoring Dave's choice in pronoun, most (if they're being honest) can relate to the doubt expressed from some point in their lives—"How she wishes it was different/She prays to God most every night/And though she swears it doesn't listen/There's still a hope in her it might/She says, "I pray, but they fall on deaf ears/Am I supposed to take it on myself to get out of this place?"

It's sad but true that people question this, but there's a shred ...

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