After a brief flirtation with electric, aggressive rock on 2001's Everyday, Matthews and his compadres return to the acoustic-based sound that's made them the object of rabid fan affection previously

After a brief flirtation with electric, aggressive rock on 2001's Everyday, Matthews and his compadres return to the acoustic-based sound that's made them the object of rabid fan affection previously reserved for such bands as the Grateful Dead and Phish. Busted Stuff is marked by luxuriously long tracks that maximize the skills of the band. Such cuts as "Bartender" and "Digging a Ditch" are intricate compositions that reveal tasty new instrumental elements with repeated spins. That said, the set also offers several infectious cuts for mainstream pop radio consumption. The lead single, "Where Are You Going" (also featured on the soundtrack to Mr. Deeds), is making top-40 friends, while the strumming title jam and the jazzy "Captain" are likely follow-ups. In all, a set that will sate die-hards while also luring new fans to the fold.—LF