By Chuck Arnold Debra Lewis Boothman
June 08, 2009 12:00 PM

Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King |

CRITIC’S CHOICE

POP-ROCK

The first and last thing you hear on the new Dave Matthews Band album is the saxophone of LeRoi Moore, a founding member of the group who died last August. His presence is still strongly felt on the CD: The GrooGrux King part of the title nods to Moore, and he plays on a good share of tracks, including the haunting “Lying in the Hands of God,” which takes on more resonance than could have ever been intended. Spiritual and spirited, the disc serves as an emotionally and musically rich send-off to that great shed in the sky.

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