, attached to 2009-12-04

Review by soul8er

soul8er This was a good high energy show, with many great songs. But here is the thing, my friends and I sat in a bar after the show, trying to piece it all together, we went through the setlist a few times, we all commented on how solid the song selection was and how the songs all sounded good, and yet, we couldnt remember any real highlights from the show apart from the amazing crowd noise and intensity felt at the end of the first set during First Tube.

From start to finish the second set was composed of songs that I like and would always want to hear, yet it just seemed like all of the versions were short and relatively uninspired. That first four song grouping of SASS, R'n R, 7below and Twist is ripe for something special, especially given the band's proclivity to expand modern R'n Rs but it just didnt happen. Mike's brought the red and white lights out, but in keeping with quicker less scary versions, the band seemed to just go through it with little interest in expanding it. The YEM was solid, and we all thought the version belonged toward the top of this years YEMs.

Im not dissing the show, the crowd was electric, my phriends and I had a great time, but given this setlist and the stage they were on, we all just thought the actual music was of the standard variety. Standard Phish is better than most anything else I'd be doing on a Friday night, so no complaints here, but its not one for the archives IMO.


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