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In some ways, Phantom Power was positioned as a breakthrough record for the Tragically Hip. It was their first American studio record in two years, and it was given a push by their new label, Sire. All of these factors were needed for promotional purposes, since the record is very similar to all the other Tragically Hip albums that preceded it. The band has never quite delivered the power of their live shows on their records (even their live album), but that doesn't mean they make bad records -- they just make records that are uneven and mildly disappointing in comparison to what they are capable of achieving. It's not only in that respect that Phantom Power delivers the expected -- throughout the album, the Hip stick to their anthemic hard rock and boogie, turning in a couple of solid songs and a couple of middling tunes. It's what their fans have come to expect and even like, but it's hard not to feel like the group could deliver more.
Performance CreditsTragically Hip Primary Artist
Steve Berlin Flute,Percussion,Keyboards
Gordon Downie Group Member
Johnny Fay Group Member
Paul Langlois Group Member
Bob Egan Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Gord Sinclair Group Member
Rob Baker Group Member
Technical CreditsTragically Hip Producer
Steve Berlin Producer
Andrew McLachlan Art Direction
Mark Vreeken Producer,Engineer
Brock Ostrom Art Direction
Rob Baker Art Direction