, attached to 2009-08-11

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks Excellent component parts that don't quite add up to an excellent show. 'Windy City' is a fine new tune, though Page's performance is shaky (as was much of his singing in 2009, frankly), and Curtain With makes a triumphant post-Coventry reappearance. In the second set Trey kills another promising post-Backwards jam in midsentence, but Carini is a barn-burner and Jibboo is a fine version of that insipid dance tune. 2001 gets agreeably filthy after the first chorus and Hood is wonderfully delicate before Trey's inexplicable whole-tone outburst temporarily derails things around 10:45. (Throughout summer Trey seemed to be trying to do something new with Hood, which is admirable, but it can make for unsatisfying listening.)

A Phish show made for the iPod Shuffle, I'd say, which is neither compliment nor criticism - unless you insist on one or the other, in which case it's the latter, qualified.


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