, attached to 2009-11-28

Review by guytwenty

guytwenty almost two weeks on and I can not stop thinking about these 2 Albany shows. I really felt the first night that things were just not quite setting up right for a real trip around the block. Maze and Piper, in particular, both felt too fast, and it seemed as though there was a bunch of steam built up, just waiting for release, and it came spitting out at the start of each tune but pushed them too fast along to be useful. Then the second night second set, it all sort of fell into place. The two shows still very feel much like one thought. None of it particularly poorly articulated, but with the feeling that comes when your head is on fire and you can't quite get it all straight with the first try.

Page killed everything. I'm not a huge vet, but I've never heard Page quite so on.

If nothing else, they are officially new phish for me. They embraced the newer tunes, and I no longer get the feeling they are just tossing them in willy nilly. They are part of the repertoire now and might have me longing for them 10 years down the road when one or two of them fall off the current 400 song playlist.


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