Good news for fans: Dave Matthews does not stray far from the signature Dave Matthews Band sound on his first solo effort.
Good news for fans: Dave Matthews does not stray far from the signature Dave Matthews Band sound on his first solo effort. Largely an extension of the act's latest release, "Busted Stuff," "Some Devil" is also produced by Stephen Harris. Matthews continues to magically turn simplistic songwriting into touching tracks. On "So Damn Lucky," Matthews' velvety voice infuses the generic "Oh, my God" chorus with vitality. Too-cute lyrics about a broken relationship cannot disrupt the gorgeous musical end result of "Stay or Leave." That said, as a whole, "Some Devil" plays like a one-off side project. Phish's Trey Anastasio and frequent Matthews collaborator Tim Reynolds are capable replacements for the regular DMB players. But, too often, the melodies are lacking here, making the album feel as if something is missing.—SA