Death by Stereo

Death by Stereo

by Umphrey's McGeeUmphrey's McGee


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On their sixth studio album, Death by Stereo, progressive jam band Umphrey's McGee deliver an eclectic mix of solidly crafted songs. While they're primarily known for their live improvisations, the band seem to take on an entirely different persona on their albums, tightening up their sound to show that not only are they talented musicians, but they also have some songwriting chops. The album kicks off with a pair of songs that feel like homages to some indie greats, opening with the Dismemberment Plan-inspired "Miami Virtue" before ripping into the Hold Steady-esque rocker "Domino Theory." The album seems to find its legs with the smoothed-out soul of "Booth Love," a casual jam that settles things down and sets the album on a mellower, more even course. From then on, the band begin to add a bit of fusion to the mix, allowing styles to merge more and giving the album and all-around funkier feel. If Death by Stereo makes one thing clear, it's that Umphrey's McGee are a talented band, able to drift effortlessly between styles in a way that seems, at times, to be a lost art among bands in the age of bedroom recording, and despite its slow start, Death by Stereo is an album that will have an easy time convincing fans to settle into its smooth grooves.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Ato Records
UPC: 0880882175627
catalogNumber: 17562
Rank: 83106

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Umphrey's McGee   Primary Artist
Brian Hogg   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Gwynne   Horn Engineer
Marc Fields   Trombone
Brendan Bayliss   Group Member
Joel Cummins   Group Member
Ryan Stasik   Group Member
Andy Farag   Group Member
Jake Cinninger   Group Member
Kris Myers   Group Member
Nathan Swanson   Strings
Michael "Maddog" Mavridoglou   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ben Walkenauer   Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Umphrey's McGee   Producer
Kyle Baker   Artwork
Kevin Browning   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Manny Sanchez   Producer,Engineer
Jim Leep   Engineer

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