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When the four members of Phish talk about getting back together after spending almost five years apart, the same words keep coming up—“gratitude,” “appreciation,” “inspiring.” There’s an almost tangible sense of relief that surrounds this reunion of one of the most popular touring bands in history, and that same feeling of fulfillment comes ... Read more in Amazon's Phish Store

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  • Audio CD (September 8, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jemp Records
  • ASIN: B002HR1W2E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Backwards Down the Number Line
2. Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan
3. Joy
4. Sugar Shack
5. Ocelot
6. Kill Devil Falls
7. Light
8. I Been Around
9. Time Turns Elastic
10. Twenty Years Later

Editorial Reviews

2009 studio album from the reformed band led by guitarist extraordinaire Trey Anastasio. The album was produced by Steve Lillywhite and was recorded in New York's Chung King Studios. Many of the album's 10 songs have already been road-tested during the band's reunion tour and retain their fresh, live feel on the studio recordings. The album is already being called the band's best ever studio release.

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It's no "Strange Design" but I'll give it a few more listens at least.
Mother Forquer
I read one persons review that was really saying that the lyrics were lacking on this album... I disagree.
Angelique Rooney
These songs were great live and I have to say the rest of this album is great as well.
Joshua T. Justice

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Matt W on September 8, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
Don't normally leave reviews, but it was sad to see a single 1 star review for this album from a disappointed fan. As with the last couple of studio releases from Phish, Joy requires a) some interest in Phish and what they're doing and b) an open mind with regards to how the new stuff sounds vs. the old stuff.

I can't see this album being a commercial success, though its not for lack of trying. The first two tracks are clear commercial/radio shots. They're not bad, but I'd be surprised if they gained much mainstream appreciation. Diehard Phish fans will probably find them flat. Backwards Down the Number Line does catch on you after a few listens. The first minute of the song leaves a bad first impression, but by the end of it I'm wishing it would go on a bit longer. The inclusion of a nice live version of it on Track 11 is wise, as it shows the song can lead to a relatively interesting jam.

That said, there are some nice Phish nuggets here that open-minded Phans should appreciate: Sugar Shack is a fun and funky number - give it two listens before you judge. Ocelot has potential for a real nice live jam; I sense the studio isn't doing this song justice. Light starts out with a great electronic/instrumental jam that I look forward to hearing more improvisation upon. And, of course, Time Turns Elastic is a nice long exploration that will become a major 2nd Set contribution for shows to come.

Is it as good as Junta? Of course not. No band in history has ever put out work with he energy and creativity they started with 20+ years ago. That doesn't mean that something a third as good isn't worth creating. So give it a chance. For a band of this longevity, this is a solid effort.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John M. Mahoney III on September 11, 2009
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Phish is obviously a band famous for their live performances with elusive jams, extensive solos, and song transitions that melt Moma Dance into Ghost like a little kids ice cream during a hot summer day. I personally own a collection of Hundreds of live bootlegs and love every one of them. Due to this obsession for uniqueness only found in the Live music, Phish's studio albums often get overlooked by fans. I myself fall victim to going years only listening to Phish bootlegs without touching a studio release. Rift and Billy Breathes are my favorite studio albums when I am looking for a change. Even though tickets for their 2009 Summer tour were immediately sold out within less than ten minutes(mostly to scalpers), I do not expect this album to do well from an album sales perspective, yet that does not stop the album from being good in its own right.

Over the Summer Tour Phish mixed in, regularly, most of the songs on this album maybe even playing Time Turns Elastic one too many times for some fans, although I feel the band played a good mix of old and new as a whole. Having gone to 9 shows this summer I was able to hear all the songs a few times. At the moment, I hated them and loved them depending on my mood. Rating by the live renditions my favorite new songs were Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Ocelot, and Alaska(not on album), oh how did I almost forget my favorite "Party Time"(available on Joy deluxe edition or the Maryland show bootleg ;} ) a Jon Fishman original in the spirit of HA HA HA HA(also played right before Party Time the first time live). Songs such as Kill Devil Falls and Backwards Down the Number Line saw some nice jams throughout the tour, also.

Oh yeah this is supposed to be a review of the studio album, so on we go.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Wolf on September 8, 2009
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A diverse and beautiful album with songs from all band members except for Fishman. If you love Phish, you already know all the songs since they played them on summer tour 2009 before the official release, if not, this is a very accessible introduction to one of rock&roll's greatest bands ever ...

P.S. True Phish fans should get the Joy Deluxe Edition (incl. a second CD plus Live DVD) which is available only at Drygoods!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Thorn on September 10, 2009
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Joy is fantastic album and a great return to form. It takes the best elements of their earlier albums, but polishes the rough edges and makes for perhaps their most approachable album. It has the feel of their live performances, but the refined quality of a studio. The jam songs have a clear direction and sense of purpose unlike the songs found on Undermind or Round Room. For someone who's been a fan since the early 90s, i can hear riffs and styles that pull from their early days and then mixed with their on-again/off-again 2000s. Time Turns Elastic shows off their progressive epic style, while Been Around Awhile has their sense of humor. Light shows off their great vocal harmonies. Its almost like a mini trip through their whole career.

The only criticisms i could give are that some of the lyrics are borderline sappy and corny, even though i'm sure they express genuine feelings. Also I'm not wild of the amount layering they do of Trey's vocals upon himself in some songs when the rest of the band has been more than adequate to provide harmony in the past.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenn P. Harris on September 9, 2009
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I think Joy picks up where Farmhouse left off. The production and sound of the album is great. Unlike Billy Breathes, it has a very Un-Lillywhite sound to it. Rather than state what has already been stated, I think it's a great album from a great band. Comparisons to albums like Junta or Rift are useless. They are a different band. On it's own, this album is solid. I feel Trey's vocals are the best since "Shine," especially when he starts to cut it loose a bit.

Phish's lyrics have always been hit or miss with reviewers. Has anyone gotten into Phish for their lyrical content? Don't get me wrong, they have some great great songs, but when I listen to Phish, it's not because I can connect with their lyrics. They've always had that oddball factor with Tom Marshall's writing. Why judge it on something that it's not?
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