Undermind - Phish
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  • Summary: The Vermont jam band has announced that 'Undermind,' their 11th studio effort, will be their last. Tchad Blake produced.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. As studio swan songs go, this sounds pretty darn good.
  2. Giddily adventurous. [8-22 Jul 2004, p.128]
  3. A workmanlike effort that won’t do anything to harm the Phish legacy, but isn’t notable enough to make me wish that the band wasn’t packing it in.
  4. For most of the album, Phish sound tighter and more alive than they normally do off stage.... [but] the band can't avoid the cloying tendencies that have always hampered their studio work. [18 Jun 2004, p.84]
  5. 60
    The ballads are clunky and ponderous. The groove stuff, though... exists in that blissy stratosphere the Dead visited so often. [Aug 2004, p.138]
  6. It's the fragmented experiments that keep Undermind from being a straightforward batch of songs, and they ultimately provide a much-needed balance.
  7. Hardly anything here makes an impression after repeated listens. What's worse, even fewer tracks possess the spark or invention for which Phish is revered.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. MattM
    Apr 8, 2005
    9
    Phish finally masters the studio
  2. JustinS
    Aug 23, 2005
    7
    Definitely not the best Phish album out there, but I'd rank it fifth behind PoN, BB, Junta, Farmhouse. It's a whole hell of a lot better than Round Room and some of the cuts (Scents and Subtle Sounds, Army of One, Undermind) are very good. Expand
  3. patrickm
    Jul 10, 2004
    6
    One of Phish's better studio albums, but does that mean much? No, they are a live band outfit, arguably the best. So, it shouldn't surprise anybody that it's a weak album. Yet, "the connection" is great. They tried a new type of groove, going much more mainstream pop. And, unfortunately, it fell short. Expand
  4. MarcoE
    May 5, 2005
    3
    I've gotta agree with Aaron. "The biggest corporate rock group in the history of music" breathes new life to the word asinine. That's almost as nonsensical as Rolling Stone saying "The Connection" was "the most commanding song of their sixteen-year recording career." To speak without thinking beforehand is like wiping your rear before you crap. Expand
  5. DarnelleW
    Jul 9, 2004
    0
    While not the worst album in the phish catalogue is a huge disappointment. The songs are horribly simplistic and the lyrics are meaningless. There isn't even the sound of joy in the music, like the band members are sluging through what will be their last work together. If you are a phish fan, i'd recommend you advoid this albumn at all costs, it could make you hate phish. If you already disliked phish, here is more fodder for an already loaded arsenal for what may be the biggest corporate rock group in the history of music. Expand
  6. FormerPhish-fan
    Jul 11, 2004
    0
    Another bad corporate rock album, watch all the sheep-like drug addicts drool over it. :(
  7. MitchW.
    Jul 12, 2004
    0
    A bad album, anyway you cut it. Once again Phish proves they are more skilled at swindling the money of drug addicts then they are at playing their instruments. Poor production+ Poor playing+ No originality= as laudable as Creed, Linkin Park, or N-Sync-except the other three had better production. Expand

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