, attached to 2009-06-19

Review by jadedforbin

jadedforbin If anyone thinks this show is weak they're entitled to opinions, but I have to heartily disagree! Say what you will about Set I, but they closed with Fluffhead! And if you don't like the new songs, maybe it's time to move on...most people I've talked to love them. The lyrics actually mean something now, check it out! :)

Hour and a half setbreak due to rain delay brought excitement to a fever pitch. If other reviewers missed the raw energy of this Set II, I am sorry, but I went to both Alpines as well and this Set II pwned all over any of the alpine Sets this year. "Ocean" has always been my fav off Undermind, and if you complain about Drowned then you're just lame and I can't help you. Twist was a semi-forced transition, as Page was going off on the piano and Trey just kinda started it. But the jam was interesting. With this new incarnation of Phish, the guys are stripping away the endless loops and layers that comprised the late 90s and also 03-04 period and just playing the shit out of stuff. When a jam comes to its natural conclusion (i.e. this Tweezer) instead of spacing for 15 minutes, they hit another tune. This 2001 is the best of the year (better than Festival 8, which I just saw in person). Suzy was pure energy and Possum provided a somewhat odd, quiet jam.

Monkey is always a treat. Getting totally soaked and dancing in the vending areas during "Tweeprise" will forever be etched in my momeory. :) Again, everyone's entitled to opinions, but as my 53rd show, I found the Set II material here better than almost anything since 10-7-00.



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