“Funny the Way It Is”

On June 2 the Dave Matthews Band is scheduled to release their first album since the tragic passing of founding member and saxophonist LeRoi Moore last summer. The album is titled Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, a tribute to the late Moore whose nickname was “Grux,” and features his last work with the band.

The album’s first single “Funny the Way It Is” has been released as a free download on the band’s website.

I’m not sure how many DMB fans we have trolling around here, but I really dig the direction of this tune. It’s pretty progressive (aggressive?) for a DMB single and gives us a little peek into their post-Moore sound. What do you think?

Funny the Way It Is – Dave Matthews Band

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8 thoughts on ““Funny the Way It Is”

  1. Full disclosure: with the exception of “Busted Stuff,” I have disliked every DMB album since “Everyday.”

    This is totally not my thing. I think Dave’s electric playing (and writing) is suspect, and his skills as a songwriter deteriorate when he writes “message” music. This song is the anti-Tripping Billies in just about every way. But again, I’m probably not the audience anymore. Especially since I got into them for the saxophone work and I’m not crazy about Jeff Coffin’s style.

    Anyway, there’s my two cents; take it for what it’s worth.

    Some interesting videos here: http://www.pandora.com/davematthewsband

      1. Ah. So it’s Tim Reynolds’ guitar playing that is so suspect! 😆

        Upon further review, I think I disagree with your “message music” point. Minarets, Seek Up, Don’t Drink the Water, some of my faves…

        1. Ha! I guess my comment about the writing probably still stands. Also, I know it’s basically DMB sacrilege to say this, but I think TR is profoundly overrated as a guitarist. He’s a great acoustic doubler on those tours, but his solos are more about impressive speed than melodic sensibility. (The brief solo in this song is a decent exception.) Anyway, I won’t be a hater since I’m a guest here. 🙂

          I do like the fiddle breakdown a lot, and the straight 8th note outro piece is nice. Still, the track doesn’t make me optimistic that I’ll want to go out and pick up the album.

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