ARTIST: Umphrey’s Mcgee
TITLE: Anchor Drops
YEAR RELEASED: 2004
CHART ACTION: No
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you’re a fan, yeah, you ate this up.
LINEUP: Brendan Bayliss, Jake Cinninger, Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, Kris Myers, Andy Farag
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Jam band shows their musical versatility, but some songs still seem like skeletons used to jam all over the place in concert.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I’m of two minds of this album. Some of these tracks are pretty solid start to finish as self-contained tracks, and still others feel like they’re just a blueprint for jams.
That’s all well and good, and they do show off a bit as musicians, but songs are the thing on albums and sometimes they don’t quite measure up in that department.
Still, the playing is great and the vocals are decent (with harmonies thrown in there), but more substance and less flash could have made this a killer.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was the first album by them that got national distribution, instead of mainly being sold at shows.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+: Could be better, but it’s about the best modern jam band record around.