Songs range from the melodic and somber opener, "Take Me Out," to the funkified "Soulfood Man." A screaming guitar solo accentuates "Couch Lady," and Gordon himself provides the licks on the Phishiest tune on the album. In fact, he plays all the guitars and basses on the album, as well as a number of other instruments. The strangely soothing "Exit Wound" highlights his falsetto, and "Take Me Out, Pt. 2" is a straight-ahead country tune that features not one but two pedal steels playing together. Despite the genre-hopping variety, Inside In has a sense of cohesion: No matter what the song sounds like, you still feel as if you may be listening to it in a dream.
For a Phish fan, it is nice to see Gordon step out from behind the shadow of bandleader-by-default Trey Anastasio, but the strangeness of Inside In may be inaccessible for most listeners.