No matter how long of an album hiatus the Dave Matthews Band takes, when they resurface their sound and lyrics are evergreen. Their last album release was Away From The World (2012), which had more solemn leanings than their current outing Come Tomorrow, a sound collection of fourteen tracks. Where Away From The World gave a nod to death, Come Tomorrow celebrates the many seasons of life.
The primary themes of their ninth studio album are simple: love life, yourself and someone else. Nine of the tracks had debuted during the band’s live performances before being slotted for this release. The opening track “Samurai Cop” addresses a person’s specialness and the ins and outs of navigating life. One thing that can always be counted on in a Dave Matthews song is his signature voice, which is like buffed sandpaper. It inserts itself into the emotions of his songs, giving them an enhanced feel.
Third cut “Here On Out” is a pretty simple jam, but luscious in its resonance and perfectly buttressed by the next track “That Girl Is You,” a paean to spotting that one true love and making it happen. “Come Tomorrow” breaks away from the love themes and focuses on empowering the children of tomorrow, a timely message if ever there was one.
The Dave Matthews Band has been around since 1991, yet they remain interesting because they stay true to their formula without exhausting it. Matthews’ raw vocal emotion backed by a band that compliments him like a Southern lady’s hat on Easter Sunday is a winning, enduring combination. For those who’ve heard the previously performed live tracks, the studio versions should be a cherry on top of their listening experience. The Dave Matthews Band proves once again that not a lot of hype or bells and whistles is needed for a release. Just good old-fashioned quality music.
Notable Tracks: “Again and Again” | “Come Tomorrow” | “Here On Out” | “That Girl Is You”