In the Dark review
Note: A re-mastered version
of In The Dark was released on Oct. 26, 2004, with bonus
material that was initially
only available in the box-set, Beyond
Description, The individual CD's are now available. The
re-mastered versions include loads of bonus material. Be sure to get
The review is on the
original album before the bonus material.
In the Dark, ah,
the breakthrough album. It certainly is poppy, with every song
having at least one hook in it. And while I'm not in love with it,
it's nice to hear the Dead try and write some catchy songs. The big
hit, "Touch of Grey," is nice, and unless you're one of
those anti-popular music deadheads, you can enjoy it as well.
"Throwing Stones," and "Hell in a Bucket" manage
to be quite catchy as well. The only miss is Brent's "Tons of
Steel," which is an OK song, but Brent's voice ruins it for me.
(And by the way, I don't hate Brent, he's a heck of a keyboardist,
he just can't sing!) Things get better with "Black Muddy
River," one of those beautifully poignant Garcia / Hunter
songs. In conclusion, this album ain't perfect, but it's the best
the Dead could have done without adding their great jams. by
Grade - B +
The View from
the Vault IV release includes many of songs from In the
Dark performed live.