Dave Matthews Band


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June 5, 2012

This mankind-will-self-destruct lament (from DMB's upcoming, still-untitled album) offers a distinctly Dave-like blend of tension and uplift. Over a moody and elegant shuffle, Matthews sketches out the arc of civilization, from the invention of religion to the moon landing, and hints that the next leap won't derive from torching kind bud on Earth Day. And the inevitable children's choir? It works against a bridge that starts darkly atmospheric and crashes into jammy skronk. Let's see Jason Mraz pull that off.

Listen to "Gaucho":

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