Marc Weingarten
August 08, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Green Sparrow

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Mike Gordon
genre
Folk

We gave it a B-

When he was the bassist for Phish, Mike Gordon would take an occasional lead vocal, which only served to remind fans that bass playing was his primary strength. The same applies to his solo output. As a songwriter, Gordon can craft a beguiling melody; The Green Sparrow opener ”Another Door,” a steady-rolling charmer about trying to cope without a band, has a strong Phish-y smell to it. And his backing band stretches out into a pleasingly focused jam on ”Andelman’s Yard,” a hip-shaking pastoral about lost innocence. But Gordon’s thin, nasal voice often gets in the way. This is a record about finding simple joy, but that singer is a buzzkill. B-
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