Monday, March 16, 2009

Album of the Day

Hoist, by Phish (1994): With Phish back on the road, this seems like an obvious AotD choice. I'm in the minority, I think, in greatly preferring the band's studio work to their famous live shows. The live stuff I've seen/heard is just too loose and unfocused to hold my attention. In the studio, however, the best stuff tends to get distilled and honed into some very cool tunes, full of lots of different influences and terrific playing. No surprise, then, that the basically improvised 10-minute closing track leaves me cold. This isn't my favorite album of theirs, but it's got some really good stuff on it. Plus, there's some interesting guests, including Bela Fleck, Alison Kraus, and Jonathan Frakes. Yup, you read that right!

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