, attached to 2009-08-16

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks Every song from Chalkdust through Antelope (save Ocelot) is an ideal first-set closer. It's just that kind of show: every song seems like the climax to something. Excellent CTB, fun first set, but the second frame is where it's at, of course. Backwards > Twenty unites two best-version-yet performances - lovely segue too - and Harpua is a rapturous thing, even with one of the Worst Ever Fishman Songs. Closing with YEM: classy. We can accept that the pre-hiatus 'anything goes' vibe is long gone and enjoy a show like for what it is: a working band of middle-aged men at their empathetic best but no longer as hungry as they were even five years ago. Similar show to Hartford in some ways, and both are stronger than the MPP show they bracket, but neither offers a jam with the end-to-end excellence of Maryland's 46 Days. But this show is what it is: a three-hour celebration of second chances, fellowship, and the healing power of The Rock and Roll. Amen.


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