, attached to 1993-12-28

Review by wols20

wols20 The darker the Phish the better and the second set at American University delivers just that. The bulk is a rollicking You Enjoy Myself which starts innocently enough but soon dissolves into an acoustic interlude and then a jarring My Friend, My Friend. Trey and Page mingle on a couple of runs but its Fish's bombastic pacing that keeps the song afloat -- he's the true MVP here. Lizards lets the band come back up for air briefly before diving head first into a fantastic Sloth. And while there's some unevenness here (particularly the Uncle Pen which feels like it belongs in the first set), the second set is worth it simply for that meaty four-song run alone.

A wonderfully laid-back and fun -- albeit safe -- first set is highlighted by a tightly woven Suzy Greenberg into an airy Ya Mar.

Rating: 8.2


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