Farmhouse (album)

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Farmhouse
Farmhouse (Phish album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by Phish
Released May 16, 2000 (US)
Recorded October 1999-February 2000
The Barn
Chittenden County, Vermont
Genre Rock, folk rock
Length 49:34
Label Elektra
Producer Bryce Goggin, Trey Anastasio
Phish chronology
The Siket Disc
(1999)The Siket Disc1999
Farmhouse
(2000)
Round Room
(2002)Round Room2002
Singles from Farmhouse
  1. "Heavy Things"
    Released: 2000

Farmhouse is the eighth official studio album by the American rock band Phish. The tracks were recorded at The Barn, frontman Trey Anastasio's studio in Chittenden County, Vermont. The album was released on May 16, 2000, by Elektra Records. Farmhouse was the last Phish studio album before their temporary split in October 2000 (the band subsequently returned in late 2002).

Songwriting for Farmhouse was a joint effort between Trey Anastasio and Phish lyricist Tom Marshall, with contributions from Tony Markellis, Russ Lawton and Scott Herman. All of the songs were already part of Phish's live concert song rotation before being recorded for the album, some dating back to 1997.

"Heavy Things" became Phish's biggest single to date, and was a hit on Adult Top 40 radio and on the Radio & Records pop 100 chart. The song was performed for live broadcast during the overnight set of Phish's New Year's Eve 2000 show at Big Cypress (reportedly then the largest concert in the world) as part of ABC's coverage of New Year’s festivities around the globe.[1]

The song "First Tube" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.[2]

Early incarnations of several tracks from the album can be heard on the 2000 release Trampled by Lambs and Pecked by the Dove, a collection of song sketches recorded by Anastasio and Marshall.

Farmhouse had the highest-ever first week sales for a Phish record.[3] The album was certified gold by RIAA on January 30, 2006.

In February 2009, the album was made available as a download in FLAC and MP3 formats at LivePhish.com.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[5]
Jambands: The Complete Guide to the Players, Music, & Scene 4.5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly B[7] / B+[8]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[9]
Q 4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[12]
Spin 7/10[13]
The Village Voice B−[14]

Rolling Stone gave Farmhouse only 2.5 Stars, stating that on the album the band walks "a thin line between mellow and torpid" with songs that "are going to need a lot of live [concert] resuscitation".[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Trey Anastasio, Tom Marshall, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Farmhouse"   4:02
2. "Twist"   3:24
3. "Bug"   5:07
4. "Back on the Train"   3:02
5. "Heavy Things" Anastasio, Herman, Marshall 4:15
6. "Gotta Jibboo" Anastasio, Russ Lawton, Tony Markellis 5:31
7. "Dirt" Anastasio, Herman, Marshall 4:32
8. "Piper"   4:27
9. "Sleep"   2:09
10. "The Inlaw Josie Wales" Anastasio 2:56
11. "Sand" Anastasio, Lawton, Markellis, Marshall 3:24
12. "First Tube" Anastasio, Lawton, Markellis 6:45

Charting singles[edit]

2000, Heavy Things (No. 22, Adult Top 40)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phish.net Song History: Heavy Things Phish.net. Online. Accessed: September 1, 2011.
  2. ^ 52nd Annual Grammy Nominations Phish.com. Online. Accessed: September 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Phish.net: Farmhouse Phish.net. Online. Accessed: September 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Farmhouse – Phish". AllMusic. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011-05-27). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958. 
  6. ^ Budnick, Dean (2003). Jambands: The Complete Guide to the Players, Music, & Scene. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 166. ISBN 9780879307455. 
  7. ^ Brunner, Rob (May 19, 2000). "Farmhouse". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 8, 2018. 
  8. ^ Hermes, Will (August 4, 2000). "Phish Albums". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 
  9. ^ Lewis, Randy (May 12, 2000). "Phish Delivers a Stew of Americana". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Phish: Farmhouse". Q (166): 105. September 2000. 
  11. ^ a b Pareles, Jon (May 25, 2000). "Phish: Farmhouse". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 19, 2008. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ Randall, Mac (2004). "Phish". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 635–36. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  13. ^ Dolan, Jon (June 2000). "Hippie Trails". Spin. 16 (6): 147–48. Retrieved April 16, 2018. 
  14. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 23, 2000). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 

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