Draw upon myriad influences and you’ll never go stale. Umphrey’s McGee does this expertly, melding jazz, progressive rock, funk and even metal into a novel yet comfortable sound. Compound this amalgam with relatable, adroit lyrics and you’ve got a winning formula. “Whistle Kids” presents a humorous, albeit sincere, take on hangovers. “You & You Alone” details how children complicate attempts to rekindle romance. And album closer “Dark Brush” conveys a sense of dread without emo dross or excessive force. Recommended.
Score: 9 out of 10
It’s Not Us
Nothing Too Fancy Music
Producer: Umphrey’s McGee and Greg Magers