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3.13 | 28 ratings | 5 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Farmhouse (4:02)
2. Twist (3:25)
3. Bug (5:06)
4. Back on the train (3:03)
5. Heavy things (4:16)
6. Gotta jibboo (5:30)
7. Dirt (4:33)
8. Piper (4:27)
9. Sleep (2:07)
10. The inlaw Josie Wales (2:56)
11. Sand (3:25)
12. First tube (6:46)
...Bonus tracks:
13. Driver (3:18)
14. Mist (4:29)

Total Time: 57:23


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Line-up / Musicians

- Trey Anastasio / guitars, vocals, horn & string arrangements
- Jonathan Fishman / drums, vocals
- Mike Gordon / bass, vocals
- Page McConnell / keyboards, vocals

Guest musicians:
- Jerry Douglas / dobro (10)
- John Dunlap / cello (7)
- Roy Feldman / viola (7)
- Béla Fleck / banjo (10)
- Dave Grippo / saxophone (6)
- David Gusakov / violin (7)
- Jennifer Hartswick / trumpet (6)
- James Harvey / trombone (6)
- Laura Markowitz / violin (7)
- Andy Moroz / trombone (6)

Releases information

CD Elektra E 62521 (2000)

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PHISH Farmhouse ratings distribution

(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars Phish on ice in the pharmhouse

By the turn of the century, Phish appeared to be running out of steam. Although on the face of it this is an album of new material, a number of the songs here had been in the live set for up to three years, and others had been performed by Trey Anastasio in a solo capacity. During the year, Phish announced that the band would be put on ice for the foreseeable future following the planned tour for later in 2000. Ironically, this album contains the band's biggest hit single thus far (in the USA at least), "Heavy Things" enjoying considerable airplay and chart success.

The album opens in a surprisingly laid back style, the title track being a lazy slice of southern rock with a catchy hook and some fine (if brief) feedback on the lead guitar. As a whole, the album which follows has the expected eclectic mix of styles, but the common denominator is a solid reliance on pop tenets. On the down side, this means that many of the songs are over before they really get a chance to get started, and certainly well before they have been brought to the fulfilment they warrant. On the plus side, the emphasis on strong melodies and tight performances results in some highly enjoyable music.

The closing track, "First tube" is a fine 6+ minute Allman Brothers ("Jessica") like guitar instrumental.

Overall, an album which will not detain the committed prog fan for long, but for those who simply like to emerge themselves in good music, "Farmhouse" offers a decent diversion.


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Review by TCat
3 stars Being a big Phish phan, I tend to be a little more lenient towards reviewing their albums. But I agree with most reviewers here that they are not a major progressive band, but they do have elements in a lot of their music and a few of their earlier albums are on the verge of being progressive. Farmhouse is not very progressive, but does lean more towards a rock/country fusion. There is one track on here that I think has some great progressive qualities, but other than that, it is, for the most part, an enjoyable listen. It is not one of their best albums overall, but it still has some excellent tracks nonetheless.

Most of the best tracks are on the first half of the album. They would be "Farmhouse", "Bug", "Back on the Train", "Heavy Things", and "Gotta Jibboo". After that, the songs aren't quite so interesting and tend to lack much direction and substance until you get to what I think is the best track on the album which is "First Tube". I think the problem here is that the length of the songs are too short and are not given the time to be developed very well. Most of these songs do great in a concert setting because Phish does not worry about time constraints as anyone who has attended their concerts can attest. For example, the track "Piper" is so bad, it just sounds like a lazy attempt to try to fill up the album with a lackluster performance that is supposed to represent a live performance. It's painful for a fan of the band to admit this, but the band was about to enter their least interesting period, but at least this particular album still has enough good music on it to be considered a good album.

The best track as I mentioned earlier, is the progressive instrumental "First Tube". This one is just over 6 minutes and it starts out as if it can't even wait to show itself off. Before the previous track even has a chance to fade out completely, a fast, driving drum beat starts out beating a standard 4/4 time and is joined by other instruments to establish a base for the guitar that will carry the melody. The main melody is not in the standard time, and I have sat transfixed listening to this song trying to count out the meter, but having a very difficult time of it. I think it is something like 15/4 + 17/4 or something crazy like that or it may be some strange conglomeration of triplets. Whatever it is, it works very well even as odd as it sounds. The melody is quite catchy and is repeated in a sort of verse pattern. It makes me wish the rest of the album was as good as this and it brings back the glory days when Phish's studio albums were much better. (Their concerts have always been excellent by the way.)

I think the big issue here was that Phish was trying to reach a wider audience on their studio albums and made the mistake of trying to find a sound that would be more accessible. It was a shame that they had to fall to the corporate pressure, but it has happened to some of the best bands. Like I said, this is still a good album, but even with the good tracks, this still can't reach above 3 stars.


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3 stars Farmhouse, as many people enjoy in assuming, is the proclaimed "beginning of the end" for Phish. It was the massive turn of the century, and this album landed smack dab on the turning year of 2000. The problem was, Phish was becoming less and less recognized as years went by. So this meant tha ... (read more)

Report this review (#1346366) | Posted by aglasshouse | Friday, January 16, 2015 | Review Permanlink

2 stars The beginning of the end for Phish. This is likely their worst album, at this point of their career they could no longer be considered a prog band by any stretch of the imagination. If I had to pick any tracks from this one worth listening to, I would go with the title track and 'Dirt'. Bot ... (read more)

Report this review (#118283) | Posted by Disconnect | Friday, April 13, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 3.5 stars but i rounded up cuz its phish. farmhouse is a classic phish album. catchy, melodic tunes with incredible theory and musicianship. one of phish's most widely known and loved cd's yet not as good as some of their others. like warchild to a passion play, farmhouse is all the scraps ... (read more)

Report this review (#79886) | Posted by soccerbum | Wednesday, May 31, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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