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Page McConnell, Self-Titled
Release:
April 17, 2007
Where Was I Listening: At My Desk 
When: This week, lunchish 
Glad I Heard It? Yes. But, probably



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Summer Jam: Phish's Page McConnell's Solo Debut

Way better than I expected.

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Page McConnell, Self-Titled
Release:
April 17, 2007
Where Was I Listening: At My Desk 
When: This week, lunchish 
Glad I Heard It? Yes. But, probably wouldn't buy the record.
Recommended For: People who crave a slice of R&B with their white bread, daydreaming, jam-band fare.
Sample: "Maid Marian"
"Critics" notes:

McConnell's handed out a bit of a keyboard record, something I don't hear a lot of. And by switching between organ, piano, and synth, he mixes it up enough to keep things interesting. Sure, it's a product of a Phish, but, anyone not afraid of the stereotype won't balk at the notion that this record is not self-indulgent, boring, or mindless. In fact, it leans on solid songwriting rather than jams, and taps into the instrumental house music vibe that permeates acceptable extended jams, as opposed to directionless meanderings.

Note to Jam Haters: Hate the jam-band scene all you want. It's an easy punching bag. But for its time and place, the music behind the nappy hair is perfect. I'll take a 20-minute walk through "Ain't Wasting Time No More" beneath a bottle of gin with the sun on my face over an evening in a stank cave full of fingers that reek of armpit any day.

 
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