Farmhouse (album)

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Farmhouse
Farmhouse (Phish album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 16, 2000
Recorded
  • July 18, 1999 ("Piper")
  • October 1999 – February 2000
Studio
GenreRock, folk rock
Length49:34
LabelElektra
ProducerBryce Goggin, Trey Anastasio
Phish chronology
The Siket Disc
(1999)
Farmhouse
(2000)
Round Room
(2002)
Singles from Farmhouse
  1. "Heavy Things"
    Released: 2000

Farmhouse is the ninth studio album by the American rock band Phish. The album was released on May 16, 2000, by Elektra Records. Farmhouse was the last Phish studio album before their two-year hiatus between October 2000 and December 2002.

The album's first single, "Heavy Things", was one of Phish's most successful radio hits; It was the band's only song to appear on a mainstream pop radio format, reaching #29 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart that July.[1] The song also became the band's biggest hit to date on the Adult Alternative Songs chart, reaching #2 there.[2] The song had previously been 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.[3]

Owing in part to the mainstream exposure of "Heavy Things", Farmhouse had the highest-ever first week sales for a Phish record.[4] The album was certified gold by RIAA on January 30, 2006.

Production[edit]

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. The tracks were recorded at The Barn, frontman Trey Anastasio's studio in Chittenden County, Vermont. The introduction to "Piper" is an extract from the band's live performance of the song on July 18, 1999 at their Camp Oswego Festival in Volney, New York.[5] There is also a Japanese version of the album available as an import which include two bonus studio out-take tracks from the Farmhouse recording sessions which are "Driver" and "Mist." These two songs are currently not available in any format online by Phish although as of December 2018 it can be purchased in its original CD format on Amazon.com and possibly elsewhere for about twice the price of the standard version of the album.

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 and demos recorded by Anastasio and Marshall.

The song "First Tube" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.[6]

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
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[7]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[8]
Jambands: The Complete Guide to the Players, Music, & Scene4.5/5 stars[9]
Entertainment WeeklyB[10] / B+[11]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[12]
Q4/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[14]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[15]
Spin7/10[16]
The Village VoiceB−[17]

The album received mainly positive reviews. Jason Ankeny of Allmusic gave the album 4.5 stars out of 5.

He described the album as follows:

"Their rootsiest and most organic effort to date, Farmhouse is also their most fully developed – these are complete, concise songs and not simply outlines for extended jams, boasting a beauty and intimacy which expands the group's scope even as it serves notice of a newfound pop accessibility."

— Jason Ankeny/Allmusic

Rolling Stone however gave Farmhouse a mediocre rating of only 2.5 Stars. The review states 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".[14]

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleWriter(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, Marshall4:15
6."Gotta Jibboo"Anastasio, Russ Lawton, Tony Markellis5:31
7."Dirt"Anastasio, Herman, Marshall4:32
8."Piper" 4:27
9."Sleep" 2:09
10."The Inlaw Josie Wales"Anastasio2:56
11."Sand"Anastasio, Lawton, Markellis, Marshall3:24
12."First Tube"Anastasio, Lawton, Markellis6:45
13."Driver" (Japanese import bonus track) 3:20
14."Mist" (Japanese import bonus track) 4:27

Charting singles[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

Phish

Additional musicians[18]

  • Jerry Douglas – dobro on "The Inlaw Josie Wales"
  • John Dunlop – cello on "Dirt"
  • Roy Feldman – viola on "Dirt"
  • Béla Fleck – banjo on "The Inlaw Josie Wales"
  • Dave Grippo – saxophone on "Gotta Jibboo"
  • David Gusakov – violin on "Dirt"
  • Jennifer Hartswick – trumpet on "Gotta Jibboo"
  • James Harvey – trombone on "Gotta Jibboo"
  • Laura Markowitz – violin on "Dirt"
  • Andy Moroz – trombone on "Gotta Jibboo"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phish Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Phish Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  3. ^ Phish.net Song History: Heavy Things Phish.net. Online. Accessed: September 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Phish.net: Farmhouse Phish.net. Online. Accessed: September 1, 2011.
  5. ^ "Jul 18, 1999 Setlist - Phish.net". phish.net. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  6. ^ 52nd Annual Grammy Nominations Phish.com. Online. Accessed: September 6, 2011.
  7. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Farmhouse – Phish". AllMusic. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  8. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011-05-27). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
  9. ^ Budnick, Dean (2003). Jambands: The Complete Guide to the Players, Music, & Scene. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 166. ISBN 9780879307455.
  10. ^ Brunner, Rob (May 19, 2000). "Farmhouse". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Hermes, Will (August 4, 2000). "Phish Albums". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  12. ^ Lewis, Randy (May 12, 2000). "Phish Delivers a Stew of Americana". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  13. ^ "Phish: Farmhouse". Q (166): 105. September 2000.
  14. ^ a b Pareles, Jon (May 25, 2000). "Phish: Farmhouse". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 19, 2008. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  15. ^ Randall, Mac (2004). "Phish". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 635–36. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  16. ^ Dolan, Jon (June 2000). "Hippie Trails". Spin. 16 (6): 147–48. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  17. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 23, 2000). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  18. ^ "Farmhouse credits". Phish.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.

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