Swear I'm not Paul: Song Review: Dave Matthews Band - 'Funny the Way It Is'

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Song Review: Dave Matthews Band - 'Funny the Way It Is'

Dave Matthews Band - 'Funny the Way It Is'

The first thing you notice about the debut single from Dave Matthews Band's new album Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King is that it's more like the live DMB of recent years rather than the studio DMB of Stand Up or Everyday. This is definitely not a bad thing, as Dave Matthews himself said that they wanted their studio material to be as interesting as their live shows. And from this first single, their new album could well be.

It's instantly recognisable as a Dave Matthews Band song, and everything that represents, while being pop enough (thanks to Tim Reynolds' guitarwork) for radio, and not too saccharine to alienate those who dismiss everything since 'You Never Know'.

One thing that is really surprising about 'Funny the Way It Is' is that there is a full-on guitar solo. Not just the usual Dave Matthews riffs, instead a full-blown guitar solo. I'm not sure whether this is Dave or Tim Reynolds, but either way, it's fantastic.

'Funny the Way it Is' is (is is) lyrically sturdy, but also features those Dave-isms: "Sirens pass in fire engine red / Someone's house is burning down on a day like this". The chorus is immediately memorable, and no doubt the crowd will be already singing along to every word at the song's first live performance tonight (I would assume it'll be played live tonight).


Anonymous said...

you are right. it WAS played live last night. along with a bunch of other songs off the new album, and they are all pretty amazing.

to be honest, i really didn't like funny the way it is when i heard it yesterday, but after hearing it live last night, it has a whole new meaning.

the rest of the album is going to be AWESOME too.

Ronan said...

I had a live download of the three new songs up, but the IFPI took them down. They were live songs, so I don't see why they should've been taken down. Granted the online complaints procedure takes a lot of effort, so I won't be arguing for the songs to be reinstated.

Anonymous said...

The solo is by Tim Reynolds. When you hear a guitar solo on a DMB studio album, it's most likely Tim =)

I think this song's lyrics are interesting and very Dave-like. That said I'm not sure they are the song's strong point.

Great tune!