Oysterhead—Phish's Trey Anastasio (guitar), Primus' Les Claypool (bass), and ex-Police man Stewart Copeland (drums)—largely sidesteps the clichÉs of rock supergroups on its studio

Oysterhead—Phish's Trey Anastasio (guitar), Primus' Les Claypool (bass), and ex-Police man Stewart Copeland (drums)—largely sidesteps the clichés of rock supergroups on its studio debut. The album is challenging but offers a fairly even balance between bizarre, art-rock indulgences ("Shadow of a Man") and groove fests both self-referential ("Mr. Oysterhead") and down-to-earth ("Radon Balloon"). Elsewhere, things get trippy on opener "Little Faces" and the frantic "Pseudo Suicide." The three members' individual personalities shine—particularly that of octopus-armed Copeland, who doesn't seem to have lost a beat since his Police days. Claypool's outlandish singing can try one's patience, especially on the title track, which sounds like a Primus leftover. Overall, though, this is the rare star-studded combo that seems capable of some staying power.—JC