Originally Posted by Draden1
Interesting, you are the only person I’ve heard say they don’t enjoy Tim Reynolds. As for originals, I think the bass player and drummer are holdovers from that lineup.
Yeah, don't get me wrong. That's still a band full of talent, but having Tim in the band changed the whole vibe.
Dave's guitar playing is so unique already, and before Tim, the soloing was pretty much sax and fiddle, and I loved that. It was much more interesting. Then he added the keyboards full time and then Tim joined, and it lost some of the uniqueness, in my opinion.
In my opinion, the albums they released through Before These Crowded Streets (which, remind me some time to tell you my Dave story about the recording of that album) were as close to perfection as possible. Dave would write beautiful songs, and the band would go into the studio and use their expertise to make them DMB songs.
With the next album, he decided to work with a new producer, Glenn Ballard, a great producer in his own right, he did things like Jagged Little Pill for Alanis. But he did things differently with Dave. He and Dave took the songs and demoed all the parts, and instead of having the band members add their own flair and talents, they were brought in to simply "play the parts" that Glenn had written.
And the Dave Matthews Band was never the same again.