While Phish purists might pooh-pooh any project that falls outside the bubbling company of his erstwhile aquatic bandmates, Trey Anastasio proves himself to be a resilient and innovative musician who can stand on his own two gills. Having formed a new group, 70 Volt Parade, and recently teamed with more mainstream crooners, including Dave Matthews and Bo Bice, Anastasio continues to deliver the kind of jam-tinged super-sucking power capable of hoovering up Birkenstocks, hemp chokers and plenty of veggie-burrito proceeds. Touring in support of his latest release, Shine, Anastasio is back to display a newfound knack for songs that aren't predicated on goofy lyrics and labyrinthine meanderings. Curious listeners might enjoy this reined-in though still buoyant, adventurous approach. While Phish had its charms, Anastasio's attempt at finding new water just might prove propitious.
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