By Aly Semigran
September 02, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT
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After a five-year hiatus, the ?long-running, jam-happy quartet has decided to give it another go, returning with their most commercial-sounding album since 2000’s polarizing Farmhouse. Not everything here works, but tracks like the sing-along-ready ”Kill Devil Falls” and the winding 13-minute opus ”Time Turns Elastic” could send anyone — not just hardcore ? devotees — into an ecstatic twirl dance. While Joy doesn’t find Phish exploring much new territory, the band sticks to their strengths, making for a welcome return. B

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