Trey Anastasio ‘Paper Wheels’
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.