- Released: April 30, 2002
- Label: Elektra / WEA
Rolling Stone - 5/9/02, p.723.5 out of 5 stars
- "...A dozen tunes that will not alienate [Trey's] longtime neohipie fans....Closely packed with urgent horn breeaks and friendly guitar solos...less diffuse han his old roomy improv workouts..."
Spin - 6/02, p.1107 out of 10
- "...A pretty rad album....with art-boogie ambition, Anastasio deploys a brass-powered 8-piece band, a soul-mama chorus, and a 15-piece orchestra, in arrangements in which his juicy string-bending is just one flavor among many..."
Entertainment Weekly - 5/3/02, pp.84-85
Anastasio has expanded his musical palette considerably, rounding out the usual rock lineup with horns, a percussionist, backup singers, and...a string section..." - Rating: B+
Alternative Press - June 2002, p.768 out of 10
- "...Sounds Phishy enough to satisfy the masses and fresh enough to reach those without a predisposition for patchouli and patchwork...Anastasio embraces African and Cuban rhythms and pushes the envelope of collective improvisation..."
- 1.Alive Again
- 2.Cayman Review
- 3.Push on 'Til the Day
- 4.Night Speaks to a Woman
- 5.Flock of Words
- 6.Money, Love and Change
- 8.At the Gazebo
- 9.Mr. Completely
- 10.Ray Dawn Balloon
- 11.Last Tube
- 12.Ether Sunday
Personnel includes: Trey Anastasio (vocals, guitar); David Gusacov,
Laura Markowitz (violin); Ana Ruesink (viola); John Dunlop (cello); Stacey Brubaker, Karen Kevra (flute); Steve Klimowski (clarinet, bass clarinet);
Ann Greenawalt (oboe, English horn); Dave Grippo (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet, background vocals); Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Rob Volo (trombone); Ray Paczkowski (keyboards); Tom Toner (marimba); Tony Markellis (bass, background vocals); Russ Lawton (drums, background vocals); Peter Wilson (timpani); Cyro Baptista (percussion); Robert Lupie (programming); Lisa Fisher, Sharon Bryant (background vocals).
Recorded at The Barn, Burlington, Vermont between June and December 2001.
Personnel: Jennifer Hartswick (vocals, trumpet); Russ Lawton (vocals, drums); Curtis Rance King, Jr., Lisa Fisher, Sharon Bryant, Tony Markellis (vocals); Laura Markowitz, David Gusakov (violin); Ana Ruesink (viola); John Dunlop (cello); Russell Remington (flute, tenor saxophone); Karen Kevra (flute); Steve Klimowski (clarinet, bass clarinet); Craig Olzenak (bass clarinet); Ann Greenawalt (oboe, English horn); Margaret Phillips (bassoon); Dana Colley (saxophone); Dave Grippo (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Shelagh Abate, Jocelyn Crawford (French horn); Andy Moroz, Rob Volo (trombone); Ray Paczkowski (keyboards); Tom Toner (marimba); Mike Hopkins (double bass); Peter Wilson (timpani); Cyro Baptista (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Toby Wright.
Recording information: The Barn, Burlington, VT (06/2001-12/2001); The Barn, Vermont (06/2001-12/2001).
Photographer: Jake Chessum.
It doesn't require a great stretch of the imagination to suggest that singer/guitarist Trey Anastasio's solo debut bears some of the elements of his (don't call them a) jam band par excellence Phish. It's perhaps more useful, however, to note the differences between this album and the work of Anastasio's aquatic buddies. While "Alive Again" employs the kind of syncopated, white-guy funk feel that makes Phish-heads bob at a thousand paces, there's more concision to the song's construction than you'll find in some Phish numbers. Similarly, while "Night Speaks to a Woman" bears some of Anastasio's trademark guitar heroism, the reference point seems at times to be closer to mid-period Eric Clapton than to Jerry Garcia. And on the amiable "Drifting," Trey shows that he's got some pure pop instincts, the kind that would have guaranteed him a spot on AM radio in that medium's mid-'70s golden age. Ultimately, Phish phans won't be put off, but they may pick up a trick or two along the way.