Dave Matthews Band
This likable band plays folkish-rock similar to 10,000 Maniacs: melodic, quirky tunes that ramble along interesting paths. Nonetheless this major-label debut has a beguiling sound all its own, a sound that mixes jazzy acoustic guitar riffs with spiraling sax solos.
The songs often have a bittersweet flavor. The opener advises that we settle for “The Best of What’s Around,” while the conclusion of the soft-spoken “Typical Situation” (“It’s a typical situation/ In these typical times/ Too many choices”) resonates in today’s anxious culture. Steve Lillywhite’s panoramic production suits the talented band, which features a rhythm section with a rock-steady pulse and saucy fiddling from Boyd Tinsley. Under the Table and Dreaming is a thoughtful album from a promising artist. (RCA)