"I just had a blast making this record,” says Page McConnell about his debut solo album, which, quite appropriately, bears his name as its title. "I had so much fun just writing songs with no agenda. It was a very pure and satisfying feeling."
That feeling comes through loud and clear in Page McConnell’s songs. At the center of its sound are McConnell’s distinctive keyboards and honest, unaffected vocals. But this is an album of musicians playing together in effortless, energetic conversation – a conversation enhanced by plainspoken poetry of McConnell’s lyrics, which are honest, straight-forward and heartfelt, as if he were speaking one-on-one with a friend.
His buddies from Phish – guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon and drummer Jon Fishman – all make appearances, as does guitarist Adam Zimmon (who has played with Shakira and the Spam Allstars, a band that collaborated with McConnell’s side project, Vida Blue); Jared Slomoff, who engineered the album and also played guitar, and legendary drummer Jim Keltner (who has played with Bob Dylan, John Lennon, George Harrison, Elvis Costello, Cassandra Wilson, Steely Dan and many more).
Bonus songs are from the appearance of Page's touring band at House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA on 7/7/07. The band featured PAGE MCCONNELL (keyboards), JARED SLOMOFF (vocals, guitar, Rhodes), ADAM ZIMMON (guitar), ROB O'DEA (bass), GABE JARRETT (drums).
I'm Not Falling Through Thin Air Again (2/8/2011 10:44:10 AM)
Really interesting to see so few comments from such a great album. Do not sleep on this album. It's psychedelic, funky, electronic, ballady, well, uh, it's eclectic just like our beloved Phish.
phan (11/15/2010 5:15:05 PM)
"Rules I Don't Know" is one of the finest songs I've heard in a while. Oh yeah, the rest of the album is great too. It's an enjoyable listen with that laid back siger/songwriter vibe that I personall
kdub51 (10/17/2009 4:38:11 PM)
Great Solo Album... can't stop listening to it. Soulful, heartfelt, and just damn good.