Bottom Half
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2007
Let me start by saying that I am an Umphrey's fan. That being said, this review is based entirely on my perceived quality of this album, and not on the quality of the band. This is a B-Sides album, nothing more and nothing less and that is exactly how the boys treated this album. They took what was left from the previous studio sessions and neatly packaged them into a collection of songs, chock full of hyper-production, awkward closures, studio chatter, and a newly arranged recapitulation from the previous album. There is even a second disc full of material that you may listen to once or twice and before tucking it away in the back of the case for the rest of its time in your possession. This isn't to say that the product is completely suspect. There are plenty of treats on this album, especially for those who enjoy hearing the transition from a live setting to the studio. Most notably, the driving instrumental "Great American", the country-laced comforter "Memories of Home", and a tight "Divisions" redux that offers some welcomed nostalgia. Just to name a few. However, please please please do not purchase this if you are new to the band. Start somewhere else, and come to this later if you enjoy the music. The boys made a conscious financial decision with this one, but if you're a fan of the Umph, you definitely will not call if a rip off. Although you may become more thirsty for the next genuine album. KCB
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on September 7, 2014
Typical of this self-indulgent jam band, the material comprises middling riff-oriented tunes. 45 minutes of decent music with 75 minutes of filler. The instrumental passages are typically impressive. The biggest shame with this group is they don't have a vocalist to match their playing ability. These boys can't sing anything anybody would want to hear.
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on January 19, 2008
I don't consider myself a critic but this needs to be said. A good band is defined by several things; album sales is not one of them. A great band is defined only through the course of time. A mediocre band is ...well, I think you get the picture. Whenever cleavage becomes a clever way to sell something, be wary of the product.
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