Trey Anas­ta­sio ‘Pa­per Wheels’

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Audiosyncracy - (AP)

WHEN Phish front­man Trey Anas­ta­sio set­tles into a groove, his lat­est solo record “Pa­per Wheels” shines.

Anas­ta­sio, on his first solo record in three yeaars and 10th of his ca­reer, pro­duces a tune, aptly ti­tled “The Song,” that is not only the best track on “Pa­per Wheels” but also serves as a mis­sion state­ment for the 51-year-old rocker.

“And the hands on the clock keep tick­ing, just rolling along,” he sings. “In the end, all that’s left is the song.”

Let’s face it, Phish and An- as­ta­sio aren’t known for lyri­cal dex­ter­ity. So it’s not too sur­pris­ing there are some clunkers here.

But when he fo­cuses on the riff and groove, songs like “In Rounds” are hard to re­sist. Those are the mo­ments that Anas­ta­sio fans look for in con­cert, and that are harder to repli­cate on record, but they can be found on “Pa­per Wheels.” You just have to be pa­tient in wait­ing for them to roll around.

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