Undermind [Bonus DVD]

Undermind [Bonus DVD]

by PhishPhish

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Overview

The idea of splitting up must almost certainly have been in the collective Phish subconscious during the recording of this, their de facto farewell album. Undermind is the most -- for lack of a better word -- "commercial" thing to have emerged from the lil' ol' band from Vermont in their two-decade history. The disc's initial single, "The Connection," clocks in at a sensible three minutes and doesn't veer off its chosen path, a trek through insistently chiming neo-R.E.M. territory, for even a moment. The burnished title track -- a sort of rustic funk groove that could've issued forth from Big Pink -- is just as concise, and every bit as warming. Keyboardist Page McConnell asserts himself a bit more here than usual, lacing Undermind with introspective, deliberate numbers, such as the subtly swelling "Army of One," that counterbalance the more skronky offerings cooked up by guitarist Trey Anastasio. In keeping with his fondness for dadaist digressions, Anastasio outdoes himself with "A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing," which reconciles garage-band stomp with Sun Ra–styled freakouts. In light of Phish's breakup announcement, Undermind leaves something of a bittersweet aftertaste, but the satisfaction in knowing the band are bowing out at the top of their game makes it easy to accentuate the positive.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2004
Label: Imports
UPC: 0075596296922
catalogNumber: 6296922
Rank: 80144

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phish   Primary Artist
Trey Anastasio   Group Member
Jonathan Fishman   Group Member
Page McConnell   Group Member
Mike Gordon   Group Member
Ray Paczkowski   fender rhodes
John Dunlop   Cello
Laura Markowitz   Violin
Kathy Andrew   Violin
Dieuwke Davydov   Cello
Signy Glendinning   Violin
Hilary Hatch   Viola
Sofia Hersh   Violin
Pam Reit   Viola
Katherine Winterstein   Violin

Technical Credits

Maria Schneider   Arranger
Trey Anastasio   Composer,Engineer
Tchad Blake   Producer,Engineer
Jonathan Fishman   Composer
Bryce Goggin   Engineer
Page McConnell   Composer
Danny Clinch   Director
Mike Gordon   Composer
Tom Marshall   Composer
Jared Slomoff   Engineer
Christopher Plummer   Engineer

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