, attached to 2009-12-29

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks Devastating show - arguably the year's best so far, certainly the 'jammiest' wall to wall show since the comeback. Maze, Wolfman's Brother, Ocelot, Reba, KDF - all superb versions. Tweezer > Caspian contained year's-best performances of both songs, and this year Tweezer has been no slouch! The Jibboo sandwich is better by far than the YEM > Wilson > YEM at Bonnaroo - a genuine segue into Wilson and a bold step back into the water from Trey. Jibboo > Heavy Things is messy but so exciting and carefree you won't care, and 2001 is its '09 vintage self. The band does more with six minutes of funk than they used to, heaven knows.

Mike Gordon again dropkicks the music into another dimension, and the rest of the band is there with him 100%. What a joy and a relief to be able to give a 2009 Phish show an unqualified front-to-back 'A' grade, damn!

This is one of those 'run, don't walk' things.


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