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Phish - Billy Breathes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Jeff E., Niskayuna, NY


   Phish has always been a difficult group to categorize; it is almost impossible to pin a label on the band and simply describe them with a few words like "rock and roll." The band's new album, "Billy Breathes," shows the versatility of the band and gives new evidence of this difficulty of describing the group's style.

Phish is often described as the successor to the Grateful Dead. To many people the Dead was a rock and roll band, but in fact a Dead concert would include elements of rock and folk and even jazz. In this way, Phish is like the Dead.

A plethora of the cuts on this new album are based on jazz styles. The hard beat of rock and roll is virtually absent and the listener hears long phrases in which the tune segues between the piano and guitar in subtle ways which are not usual for the ordinary "rock" group.

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