, attached to 2011-08-15

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks Just wanna add one more voice to the chorus of praise for this stunning show. Unprecedented 'Undermind' jam, not just in the outro - with its slow-mo take on the 'Undermind' chords - but in Trey's moody, atmospheric solo (and Page's theremin work here is gorgeous); another stunning 2011 'Waves' outro jam, playing the role of the beloved second jam in 'Piper,' remember that?!; great blend of Trey's post-'Columbus' 'plinko' style with the clattering new-funk of 'Wolfman's Brother'; and of course the sheer can-they-top-this joy of the closing pentad.

Atop which, if they're gonna come out with just one damn song a year, I'm glad to have it be 'Steam,' a great addition to the songbook - given fine treatment here. Rich, textured, almost pre-millennial playing in this show, especially from Trey, whose inspiration and connectedness never falter in the second frame.

If this isn't the best show of 2011 I'm a monkey's uncle. Which wouldn't be so bad, really. Monkeys are lovely creatures, and many of them are good with tools.


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