Dave Matthews Band’s ninth studio album Come Tomorrow is already something to sing about. The record, which marks the band’s first album since 2012’s Away From the World, has helped propel a successful summer tour and broken a Billboard record since its release on June 8.
Come Tomorrow—which earned 292,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 14, according to Nielsen Music, and nabbed the top spot on the Billboard 200—makes for DMB’s seventh straight studio album to debut at No. 1, making them the only group to pull f this feat.
The album, which is an amalgamation some road-tested favorites and daring newcomers, is the result the band’s ever-changing dynamic joining forces with producers who helped bring Crash, Before These Crowded Streets, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King and Stand Up to life.
But how does the long-in-the-works album sound as a whole? We ranked the fourteen songs on Come Tomorrow from the meh to the miraculous.
14. “Again and Again”
A perfectly pleasant, albeit ultimately forgettable love ballad that will most likely serve as the song fans will use as their chance to take a bathroom break during one DMB’s three-hour live shows.
Guitarist Tim Reynolds is a genius at his craft and you can sense every bit his face-melting masterwork in this rock-heavy track, but unlike his necessary presence in the band, this song feels strangely out place on the otherwise calm and collected Come Tomorrow.
12. “When I’m Weary”
Dave Matthews knows how to turn out a haunting and beautiful tune when it’s simply him at the piano — just listen to “Out My Hands” for all the pro you’ll ever need. But the short and bittersweet “When I’m Weary,” which serves as the album’s closer, ends the otherwise lovely affair with more a whimper than a bang.
You’ve gotta love a good DMB transition track (“Pantala Naga Pampa,” “American Baby Intro”) and this has some old school Dave vibes, but this one is just a tad too quick to be a classic (it clocks in at under 30 seconds) and it’s impossible to remember that damn title.
10. “Come On Come On”
Any song that kicks f with Carter Beauford’s exquisite drumming is always the right choice. While it’s not as iconic as, say, his intro on “Ants Marching” (what is, really?) it’s the song on Come Tomorrow that makes you most appreciate his work.
9. “That Girl Is You”
A listener’s enjoyment this song is entirely dependent on how you feel about Matthews’ voice. It’s at his raspiest and loudest on this raw, exciting track, so if you love it, you’ll really love it. If you hate it….eh, your loss.
8. “Virginia in the Rain”
Matthews croons “Summer always ends too soon” in this delicate ode to the passage time, and anyone whose summers revolve around the music DMB won’t want this one to end either.
7. “Come Tomorrow”
The title track is also, perhaps, the most -the-moment song on the record. Matthews, along with the help guest vocalist Brandi Carlile, says that we need to “Let the children lead the way.” It’s a quietly political, irony-free plea for peace and hope for future generations.
6. “Idea You”
Of all three songs that are “new” old tracks on Come Tomorrow, “Idea You” doesn’t transform quite as gracefully to a studio track. Still, it’s essential listening as it kicks f with a live recording the band’s late, great saxophonist LeRoi Moore.
5. “Here On Out”
Any keen DMB listener knows that Matthews is every bit as dark as he is light, but at the root all those things, he’s a romantic to his core. He’s at his sentimental best here, when he cries with the utmost hope and earnestness, “I want you to know, I still need you so.” The feeling is mutual.
4. “Black and Blue Bird”
A charming, near-perfect song that sounds like it could have easily found its way onto Matthews’ solo 2003 effort Some Devil, it’s simply all the better knowing it came together as a group effort.
3. “Do You Remember”
Every bit the band’s eclectic, bouncy sound—most notably Matthews’ South African roots and influence—is on full display here. In fact, if you were ever to create an archetype an essential DMB song, it may very well be this one.
2. “Can’t Stop”
Another one that’s made the rounds on the road on a few years, it sounds as excellent, if not better, as a studio track. A sexy and rambunctious song about yearning and obsession, the addictive showstopper will free the beast inside you, in the best way possible. (Even better, there’s another appearance from Moore featured here.)
1. “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)”
There’s a reason why the band chose this as their lead single f the album: it’s irrefutably great. It’s exactly the song you want to hear on a breezy summer night as you roll down the windows and turn it to 11. While diehard fans have come to know and love this song on the road over the years, the masses now get to experience the very same, well, joy.