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Anchor Drops

May 25, 2004 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Label: SCI Fidelity Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2004 Hanging Brains Music.
  • Total Length: 1:04:41
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0037URIZA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,490 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Duotonex on March 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The first time I saw these guys I was at this festival in the middle of nowhere and had no idea what I was in for. It was around noon during a hot summer day, and I was already exhausted. Once Umphrey's came on stage, my total attention became fixated on the band for the next 2 hours because I was completely floored. The lead and rhythm guitarists blend their styles perfectly through their songwriting, and they can actually sing; which is a seemingly increasing rarity within the free-form rock genre. Actually, it would probably be erroneous on my part to say lead and rhythm guitarists, because they seem to trade these duties off at regular intervals during their shows as well as in the studio. Finally, the one comparison I have no qualms making towards Phish is the approach they take to doing covers. They do the artists justice and perform very admirably, not to mention picking some great tunes. (Any band that can cover both Lionele Richie and Van Halen successfully in the same show is worth a listen in my book.)

That being said, I'm pretty positive that you'd be doing yourself a strict disservice by not giving this album a listen. If you are in any way a fan of Phish, Zappa, Yes, Steely Dan, The Allman Brothers or even The Dead I guarantee there is a lot to love here. The album is very melodic guitar-wise, and there is a surprising depth to the lyrical content. The only preceding negative reviews you may read have to do with the fact that some buddy of theirs probably told them they were a jazz-rock band (to which they have influences) and wrote them off as a jam rock band instead. If you read about someone complaining about a genre of music in a review instead of actually reviewing the album, this should be a hint to write it off because they're obviously trying to prove a point instead of giving an opinion. This album is immaculate, pick it up by all means and go see a show while you can still get tickets.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Austin on September 16, 2005
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Every time I listen to Anchor Drops (and to a slightly lesser extent Local Band Does O.K.), I simply glow - which I'm sure I could verify if I had a mirror near my stereo.

I'm 40-something and fairly new to the "Jam Band" scene, not to mention well into my fourth childhood. Whenever I press play on this CD I flush with memories of me and my gang of teenaged Southern Illinois outlaws setting up our rudimentary "walls of sound" in park pavilions and back yards to rattle our eardrums and neighborhood windows to the latest or deemed-classic releases from our rock idols. Exercises in pagan worship that I continue to try and live down in my prayers for mercy to this day.

The tightest and most original of the classic and legendary progressive rock bands of the late 60's and most of the 70's have nothing over UM - in fact, UM has taken it to much more than the next level, from both a song-writing and musicianship standpoint. If UM stepped into a wayback machine, the record books today would now illustrate that Yes and Rush and 10cc and King Crimson and ELP and ELO and Todd and Ambrosia and Camel and Tull and Genesis and Traffic and maybe even Zappa...(blah blah blah) had been given a run for their money. I challenge anyone of my advanced years (defined above) who did not come of age in a monastery to listen to "jajunk" and not immediately think of Yes circa Close to the Edge and Fragile.

I regret that I got in on Jam Bands too late to weep for the passing of Phish (as much as I am now a Phish fiend). And I am well into great talents such as Moe and String Cheese and Big Wu and Railroad Earth and solo Trey and Widespread Panic...(blah blah blah). But I relish the fact that I got in on the "ground floor" of UM - just in time to hopefully monitor with joy their rise to the legendary status that they so richly deserve to ultimately achieve.

These guys are freaking out-of-control!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ben Grossberg on July 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Welcome to the Rock Show. Umphrey's latest offering, and first with drummer Kris Myers (owner of a masters degree in Jazz Studies from Depaul University) is an absolute masterpiece. A triumph for a band often labeled a "jamband", Anchor Drops's progressive rock stylings show just how far Umphrey's has progressed in their efforts to eclipse the stereotypes of the "jam scene". Techinical virtuosos, the members of Umphrey's de-emphasize their impressive chops in favor of a focus on their brilliant genre-defying compositions, however, that doesn't mean that they don't bust out their maddest skills on a few tracks (see Anchor Drops, JaJunk pt. II, Mulche's Odyssey). What are you waiting for, get this album, and you won't be dissapointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keith on June 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the best rock album I have heard since Radiohead released Kid A.
This album is catchy, jam-packed with technical talent, and has a great flow. Definitely will knock you on your ass. Best part about it is it gets better with every listen. Many of the songs lyrics on the album are about people's failure to achieve self-fulfillment and maximize potential. The first lyrics set up the album's theme well, "Gravely now we stare, at indecision" Lyrically and musically this album shines as one of the best albums I have heard in a long time. Pick it up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LifeBoy on October 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first came across Umphrey's McGee at a Deer Creek Phish festival back in 2000. It was after a Phish performance, and to say the least, my state of mind wasn't quite together. However, I was able to develop an opinion for a band with shaky vocals and a sincere love for triads and frampton-like guitar tectonics. I wouldn't go on to see them again until late 2002 after being persuaded by a friend. Something changed...

Now if you've heard Umphrey's play live anytime between 2000 and 2002, you know exactly what I'm talking about. There were signs of extreme improvement with the release of "Local Band does OK," a perfect title for a wisening group of musicians. Post-release, an ever-diversifying crowd began to follow these guys across the midwest (and beyond). The band swapped drummers in early 2003 and so the tale unfolds.

Umphrey's Mcgee have become a dynamic phenomenon who are so far outside the box it's cliche. The live shows are turning into bombastic improvisations that serve the crowd like a buffet of top-shelf narcotics. Umphrey's toy with every genre: Some thunderous drum work that pays dividends to Zeppelin, dualing guitar solos that resurrect the late Lynyrd-Skynyrd, accoustic progressions that touch even Simon and Garfunkel, and cunning keywork E(merson)LP style. In a concert favorite, the triplewide, shades of techno are brought to life on stage. But it would not do this band justiice if I continued to describe every ping of their music in words. If you haven't seen them live, pack your bags folks, because music's not in Kansas anymore.

Meanwhile, pick up a copy of Anchor Drops and turn up the volume. You'll hear singalong pop melodies, galloping hard rock (via Jake), folk-tinged blues, epic soundscapes, and swooshing climaxes all in just under 70 minutes. If this music ceases to impress, check your CD player in case you left one of your other discs in it.
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