UMPHREY'S MCGEE make Prog Rock, which sounds like a big jam session. The predecessor “Anchor Drops” already went in this direction. "Safety In Numbers" sounds more relaxed and calm and nevertheless is it progressive and fastidious. But the devil is in the details. Stylistic have the boys a brought spectrum, there is Jazz, Country ballads, Pop, Folk or Blues with harmonica. Not really my business but it has its moments.
The BEATLES-like parts are very well. Nevertheless the guys from Chicago have been making music together since 1997, have published 6 records during this time and on average stand on stage for 160 days a year. But they didn't just tour through the small clubs, they also plays on bigger festivals like the Amsterdam "Jam In The 'Dam'"-Festival. It seems that their strangely fusion of the styles have his friends. And which does not fit, UMPHREY'S MCGEE make it fit. (Online June 23, 2006)