Deadheads and Phish phreaks listen up -- Rebecca's Statue has come to entertain you. Although the group claims to have influences ranging from the blues to jazz, jungle, and other sounds, really all of what they do falls into the Grateful Dead school of jam. That is not to say that the influences they mention aren't present, because they are (most notably the blues); it simply means that those sounds are used as parts of the whole that is very Dead-ish. The Chicago, IL-based group formed in 1996 as a three-piece. By the time of this release the lineup had expanded to four (Marshall Greenhouse, Mike Grill, Dave Glines, and Chris Gang). While the CD probably will appeal to fans of that Phish/Grateful Dead jam genre who always seem to be in search of more music, it probably will leave much of the general public a bit dry. It's not that the musicianship is lacking, or even the songwriting. The problem is that it feels a bit artificial at times. It is as if they are going through the motions, but the feeling is not there. That is not to say that there aren't high points to the album, because there are. Witness the track "Keeping Pace," which has a very definite Terrapin Station-era Grateful Dead sound. Also fun is "Freed," which feels a bit like Jimmy Buffett. To its credit, the album does include guest appearances by Son Seals and Fareed Haque. The thing is, they just don't hold up to other bands of the genre like Phish.
AllMusic Review by Gary Hill