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ATL Journal-Constitution on ‘Big Whiskey’

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It’s a fitting start to a heartfelt tribute: the Dave Matthews Band’s new album opens with a minute of noodling saxophone from horn player LeRoi Moore, who died last August after an ATV accident. Moore’s death shocked his bandmates into a sudden sense of urgency: The group had spent nearly 18 months tinkering with ideas for a follow-up to its 2005 album, “Stand Up,” when Moore died. The surviving musicians quickly finished “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,” and it’s…

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Plain Dealer gives DMB an A+

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The first thing you hear is the unfettered sax of LeRoi Moore, who died in August of complications from injuries sustained in an ATV accident. On “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King” the Dave Matthews Band salutes its fallen co-founder, although the mood is anything but moribund. “Don’t be dead before you die,” Matthews sings on “Squirm,” amid similar life-affirming vibes to the tune of “Dive In” and “Shake Me like a Monkey.” The latter tune, a horn-embellished knockout, takes…

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Rolling Stone: 4 stars for new DMB album

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Big Whiskey, though, is a lot like a New Orleans funeral parade — mourning and zest balled into big, brawny music. “We’ll be drinking big whiskey while we dance and sing,” Matthews crows in “Why I Am.” “And when my story ends, it’s gonna end with him/Heaven or hell/I’m going down with the GrooGrux King.” I’m betting on heaven — and that Moore will be quietly waiting for him. Saxophonist LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band was a famously…

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LA Times review of DMB’s new album

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If a hurricane cuts through the middle of your living room during a party, do you keep dancing? Dave Matthews says yes. “Alligator Pie (Cockadile)” is a Delta blues stomper based around the banjo, one of the instruments the African slave trade made All-American. It starts with a dog’s bark and extends that backyard jam feel even as it swells into a big rock song. Matthews free-associates a dream of his daughter sitting on the roof as the water of…

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Chicage Trib gives new DMB album 3 stars

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  On the Dave Matthews Band’s latest album, “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King” (RCA), the band’s late saxophonist LeRoi Moore gets the first word, and the last. Though Moore died last August at age 46 from injuries suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident, his shadow hovers over the band’s seventh — and best — studio album, most of which was recorded last winter in New Orleans with producer Rob Cavallo, who has previously worked with Green Day and My…

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EW on DMB’s Big Whiskey

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For all the immortality it imparts, rock & roll has a way of taking its practitioners before their time. Like the Who, 
 Metallica, and many more before them, the Dave Matthews Band have faced the sudden loss of a founding member: Saxophonist LeRoi Moore died last August from injuries incurred in an ATV 
accident, midway through the recording of their latest album. His spirit — and his sound — looms large, however, on Big Whiskey. The GrooGrux King of…

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DMB’s ‘Big Whiskey’ is a toast to LeRoi Moore

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From the bluesy sax solo that opens the album, to the inspired songs and performances throughout, it’s clear that this one’s for LeRoi. “Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King,” the Dave Matthews Band’s first album since 2005, is due June 2 on RCA. The album shows a number of inspirations: producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance), the band’s maturation and a focus on creating a studio project on a level with the band’s potency as one of the…

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