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Safety in Numbers

Umphrey's McGeeAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sci Fidelity Records
  • ASIN: B000EPFD30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Umphrey's McGee is proud to announce the release of their third studio album, Safety In Numbers on SCI Fidelity Records. Produced by UM and their long-time engineer Kevin Browning, and recorded in the band's hometown of Chicago, Illinois, Safety In Numbers features eleven amazing tracks, including many never-before-heard songs. With special guest musicians Huey Lewis and Joshua Redman, and cover art from renowned album designer Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc.), Safety In Numbers represents the next step in the growth of Umphrey's McGee. 2006.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 8.5/10 October 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Reviewgium - Volume I, issue I

Umphrey's McGee is an unstoppable force that seems to be gaining momentum and popluarity every day. Some would call them a jam band by default, though this is not always apparent in their studio material, particularly Safety In Numbers, which is their most song-based studio release to date. While not the best of their three studio releases, it is still a strong and emotive album, giving no indication that the band is slowing down or losing their incredibly diverse and genre-defying capabilities.

The album has several proggy (but not too proggy) tunes, such as "Believe the Lie," "Nemo," "Passing," and the jazz-laced "Intensions Clear," that provide a familiar fan-pleasing sound as is retained through the band's history. Emotions pour out in the tremendous ballads "Rocker" and "Words," the latter of which in particular proves that Umphrey's McGee does not need lightning-fast solos and extended jam sessions in order to compose incredible songs. The venerable live classics "Ocean Billy" and "Women, Wine, and Song" finally make it on to a studio album, the second of the two featuring a cameo by Huey Lewis (remember that guy...from the 80s?). Concluding the album is the somewhat lack-luster tribute "The Weight Around," which sort of leaves something to be desired, but also reminds that there is much more to come from the almighty McGee.

I would not recommend Safety In Numbers as a first album for new listeners. While it is strong enough to earn an 8.5 from me, it is not an apt representation of the band. That would be Anchor Drops; upon appreciating that album, you can opt to proceed to Safety In Numbers if you prefer the band's more conservative side, or return to their more avant-guarde roots by seeking out Local Band Does OK. Not to mention the seemingly endless stash of live shows they have available for legitimate download.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocktastic April 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to ALOT of UM over the past few years and just love them. I love how they don't conform to what pop culture dictates is good. I love how they incorporate distant styles of music into one another (hard rock and jazz on occassion), and now I love how they can put down their crazy guitar riffs for quality song writing. This album is much more heartfelt than their previous albums (which are all great by the way). I feel that had they put out another Anchor Drops I would fear they were going to fall into the same old habits, something to many bands have done, and something that has destroyed so many bands. UM proved that they as musicians are just getting started, and I'm am excited what the coming years wil bring. Overall this is perhaps the most accessible work of the bands, though I would say is the least representative of their body of work. I love it equally with Anchor Drops and Local Band...

Though many of he songs employ acoustic guitar, some even include strings, UM still plays with rhythm and tempos the way they always have, leaving a set of songs that is both fresh, but at the same time don't depart so much they cannot be recognized. I say if you are just starting on UM go with Local Band... since it is more representative, or Anchor Drops, but make sure to pick this up because you will appreciate it so much more knowing where it came from.

Favorite tracks: rocker, liquid, nemo, intentions clear, end of the road, the weight around
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid album June 9, 2006
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I own all three of Umphreys studio releases and this album is slightly different than the first two but it is still very good. Not all the songs are of the fast shredding type but it doesnt really matter. If you like Umphreys than you should without a doubt like this album. Songs like Believe the Lie and Words have a very epic feel to them and are very well written. Nemo is a great intense jam as well. I would advise you to ignore Tom Saleh's review because he really does not seem to know what he is talking about. If you like CD's that you can put in and just let play than this is perfect. I listened to this CD over and over when I got it and enjoyed it everytime. Oh and one more thing, there is something special about the last song on the album as well. I realize that its a simplistic acoustic song but it is very good. In closing, if you like Umphreys then buy the album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mature Difference April 25, 2006
By Albert
Format:Audio CD
I have been an UM fan for 4+ years now, and like everyone else states, there is no comparing an UM studio album to their live shows (although LBDOK is the closest thing). SIN is a very big step for this band. There really is not one wasted note on the album. I have to admit that I was a bit fearful after I heard the band's descriptions on what the new album sounds like; my worries were quickly put to rest. This is the true description of an "album". Every song is solid in it's own way. The majority of the new material on this album may not translate to their live show very well, but who cares? This band reminds of Phish in the sense that their studio albums were never too representative of their live shows; but I loved both the live shows and studio albums for different reasons. Let go of your UM premonitions, and enjoy this album for what it is - good music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars is no joke April 19, 2006
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I bought this album knowing little about Umphrey's, a couple friends mentioned them to me but I have yet to see them live (this will change). I heard a clip of 'Women, Wine and Song' and said I had to have this song on CD. After getting it, it turns out that as good as that song is it is probably my 6th or 7th favorite on this album. The songs seem to grow on you the more you listen to them as well, far superior in the studio as far as lyrics and musicianship to their other jam band brothers. All of the 5 star reviews are not just fanatics trying to hype their band this album is for real. Highlights include Liquid, Nemo, Passing, Intentions Clear, Rocker, Words, WW&S. In other words the whole album is great. Highly recommended for anyone desperately looking for good music in this day and age.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ride Continues
Being fairly new to this music, I can say that as a fan of Progressive Rock and several other varied genres, I am not disappointed by almost anything these guys release ... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rick Langdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny
These guys never dissapoint and this album is no different. Good, especially fun to listen to when the weather is nice. I would buy the whold CD just to hear 'Nemo' quite frankly.
Published 13 months ago by Francis X
5.0 out of 5 stars My best recent discovery
I recently discovered this band. I have subsequently bought most of their albums. Steely Dan meets Dave Matthews. Awesome. I played for a friend in the car recently. Read more
Published 17 months ago by D. Nelsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from a great band
Umphrey's Mcgee is phenomenal in ever aspect of their music. They are a jamband by definition, but their exceptional prowess at their instruments allow them to cross boundaries in... Read more
Published on March 17, 2011 by Robert Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Album
This Umphrey's album is my favorite one by far. It shows how diverse and talented these guys are, and keeps you wanting to hear more. Read more
Published on February 10, 2011 by Andi
3.0 out of 5 stars Safe enough
McGee's strained studio technicalities started feeling more cohesive here, compensating what would usually be overwritten quirkiness with more sensitive sophistications and... Read more
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Another studio album from a band that is mainly known for their live shows. The title of this one pretty much says it all. Read more
Published on June 6, 2008 by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BAND
From the first instant I heard "Nemo" playing on Kansas State's Wildcat radio, I couldn't get enough of Umphrey's. Read more
Published on July 16, 2007 by CPT DB
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Good Some Not
Do 3 or 4 really good songs make a good album, not this time. I don't know if the other songs were weak or they all needed more of the same style from song to song. Read more
Published on April 16, 2007 by G. Mauldin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I don't know why some people do not give this band more credit. WOW! This album I have been hooked to since it arrived at my door. Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Chad E. Fehr
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