DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Busted Stuff (RCA/BMG) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
The first thing that happens when you open Busted Stuff is that a mini-catalogue of Dave Matthews Band merch falls out, featuring everything from T-shirts and baby wear to frisbees, key chains and wallets bearing the band logo. It's off-putting, to say the least. The Dave Matthews Brand. Whatever. The DMB's previous disc, Everyday, was their attempt to rock out on a bunch of scrapped tunes known as the Lillywhite Sessions. When those unreleased demos made it onto the Web and drew raves from fans, Matthews decided to salvage some of the material and release it as Busted Stuff. It's the DMB returning to their acoustic roots, with smooth sax fills and infectious grooves that will have fans breathing a sigh of relief.