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Audio CD, April 17, 2007

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment***
  • ASIN: 555786430X
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Delite Rancher VINE VOICE on April 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Page McConnell's new album is what you'd expect. The song writing is mediocre while the improvisation is strong. Most songs sound like they could have been penned during the Vida Blue era or the last five years of Phish. In other words, there is no 'Cars Trucks Buses' or even a 'Most Events Aren't Planned.' The album follows McConnell's usual style of rock with flavors of funk and psychedelia. The use of electronic drum beats may be the unexpected dynamic. The issue with "Page McConnell" is that it is a solo album by a great accompanying musician. There's nothing wrong with the disc, it's simply that there are no significant stand-outs. "Page McConnell" is an enjoyable listen that probably won't get heavy rotation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. VANETTEN on April 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I personally enjoy this album a lot. But do not listen to this album hoping to hear a authentic phish sound because you won't. It's a very "Page" sounding album. But as anyone who is probably buying this album knows, music by an artist like Page McConnell can't be appreciated at less in the live format. I personally own SIRIUS radio and caught his live performances on air. I am really psyched to catch him this summer. The highlight on the album for me is "Heavy Rotation". I recommend giving it a listen, it's worth it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RP on May 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD showcases Page's talent, creativity and musicianship in a way that reminds me why I loved listening to him play in Phish so much.

The songs are tight while still conveying an improvisational, jammy feel that works well. Page's piano playing is the highlight for me. On some tracks, he adds synthesizer and other fun instruments (including "toy piano") for cool, sound-enhancing effects. The lyrics are decent enough: heartfelt without being (overly) cheesy. The instrumental, improvisational reunion jam, "Back in the Basement", is a great mid-album highlight.

Despite a solid effort, there are a few weak tracks here. The album fades towards the end and I get slightly tired of Page's voice for a full album (perhaps a duet or two would have been nice).

Overall, this is a worthwhile buy and a nice branch-out addition to my CD collection.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Sclafani on December 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Chances are, you already know if you're going to like the debut solo CD by former Phish keyboardist Page McConnell. You're either one of the legion of the Phish faithful, or a non-believer who runs screaming "Go away, hippie!", like Eric Cartman, at the mere mention of the band's name. This dichotomy is what all members of cult bands face, no matter how big the cult. And McConnell's tuneful but unassuming self-titled disc is unlikely to change the opinion of the Phish phobic. Maybe it doesn't have to. When you've earned a cult as rabid and large as Phish did, why not play to it, after all?

But before you click away from this review and start shouting Cartman-isms, let's scroll back 20 years and recall why Phish's upstream swim of a career trajectory altered the course of popular music. Back in the waning days of the Reagan era, most people's favored popular music came from artists on MTV that seemed like genetically engineered experiments in commerciality. The club scene, on the other hand, was filled with brash post-punk bands playing to almost no one.

Phish transcended this musical Great Divide and helped to create the jam band scene. Like a lot of 1980s college kids, they sat around in their dorm rooms feeling disaffected and wondered why music didn't sound as cool as it did when the Seeds scaled the charts. But unlike those `80s kids, they eschewed both punk and preppie trendiness and made music their own way. Sure, the Grateful Dead's unexpected surge of popularity in the late `80s helped their cause, but when has serendipity not been a factor in a success story?

That history is all implicit in McConnell's CD. The songs may be slight, but the playing and the players sure aren't.
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