Mantis is the sixth studio album by progressive rock band Umphrey's McGee. The album was released on January 20, 2009.
Zonkey is the tenth studio album by progressive rock band Umphrey's McGee. The album was released on November 11, 2016. It consists of mashups, combining various covers crossing different musical genres. National Loser Anthem" ("The National Anthem" by Radiohead, "Loser" by Beck, "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins). Life During Exodus" ("Exodus" by Bob Marley and the Wailers, "Life During Wartime" by Talking Heads, "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago, "City Of Tiny Lites" by Frank Zappa).
Safety In Numbers is Umphrey's McGee's fourth studio album, released on April 4, 2006. Huey Lewis and Joshua Redman both make appearances. The album contains many slower, acoustic songs and a simpler, stripped down approach with little jamming or progressive rock elements. The album title comes from one of the lyrics in the ninth track "Passing". The artwork for the album was done by Storm Thorgerson.
Mantis is an album 2 years in the making that moves those undercurrents to the foreground and keeps only a bit of groove and improvisational skill as hints of the traits that brought them to fame. Mantis is perhaps the best Modern Prog album I've heard. Its sound is akin to Spock's Beard, Transatlantic, and the aforementioned Beardfish drawing from a very broad array of sounds. I've already started a thread advocating their move to Eclectic Prog for that very reason.
Artists Umphrey's McGee Mantis. Mantis Umphrey's McGee. This album has an average beat per minute of 122 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 90/158 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page.
Before Mantis, we didn't see Umphrey's McGee as one of those jam bands. They weren't the kind to launch into overly meandering prog rock journeys or have a 30 second "Preamble" track.