by Trey Anastasio


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For more than two decades, Trey Anastasio's guitar helped propel Phish into all manner of intergalactic adventuring: darting this way and that, it bobbed and weaved while paying no attention whatsoever to the clock on the wall. For his solo debut, on the other hand, the guitarist doesn't hesitate to cut to the chase, offering up a passel of concise songs -- none of which crack the six-minute mark -- that owe as much to R.E.M or the Black Crowes as to whatever extraterrestrial influences he tried to channel way back when. Diehards may quibble about the lack of extended six-string dissertations, but it's hard to deny the earthy stomp conjured up on songs like "Come as Melody," a power-trio construction that's as redolent of the roadhouse as anything John Fogerty ever cooked up. The disc's title track, while less sweat-soaked, is just as compelling, with a chiming guitar line that conjures up images of early-'70s AM radio -- and a love-your-neighbor lyric that defies the listener not to sing along. At times, it seems like Anastasio is trying to pack a little too much into the grooves of Shine -- sweeping ballads like "Love That Breaks All Lines" bog down, in part because his voice isn't really powerful enough to carry them -- but the guy's so guileless in putting it all together that the mood seldom strays from the sunny side of the street.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828767750620
catalogNumber: 77506

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trey Anastasio   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Cyro Baptista   Percussion
David Davidson   Concert Master
Brendan O'Brien   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Peter Chwazik   Bass
Karl Egsieker   Keyboards
Ray Paczkowski   Keyboards
Skeeto Valdez   Drums
Nashville Chamber Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Trey Anastasio   Composer
Nick DiDia   Engineer
Don Hart   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Tony Markellis   Composer
Brendan O'Brien   Composer,Producer
Billy Bowers   Engineer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Phil Knott   Cover Photo
Bobby Shin   Engineer
Coran Capshaw   Management
Paul Gambill   Producer

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