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It's not praise that the Dave Matthews Band generally receives; critics like Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. Reviews are rolling in from all sorts of sources. The Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Herald gave it 3 our of 4 stars. The Boston Herald gave it a B. The Atlanta Journal Constitution went with an A-. The USA Today scored it 3.5 out of 4 stars.
In the magazine department, Spin with with 3.5 out of 5 stars. Entertainment Weekly and Newsday scored it a B. The biggest shock came from Rolling Stone. The former music magazine has been especially harsh on the band in the past, but they scored it 4 out of 5 stars, shocking to say the least.
Of course, there's the other side of the coin. A few people didn't like it that much, but no one with the venom of Chicago Sun Times "writer" Jim DeRogatis. In his assessment of the album, he managed to take a shot at you, yes you, reading this now, by referring to DMB fans as "lite-beer-swilling fans", and called Dave a "bonehead". It's not something you'd expect from a professional writer, but that's what sort of talent you get when your paper is in bankruptcy protection. Of course, the DMB fan has taken umbrage with Mr. DeRogatis less-than-professional opinions. You can read their remarks under his report and here at antsmarching.org.
But outside a few iffy reviews, and one made by a bitter former drummer, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King is a hit.