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.