, attached to 2003-07-22

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu This show would be an easy four stars from me, based on the strength of the Split Open & Melt -> Free, Walls of the Cave, and Carini. The SOAMelt is clearly the highlight of the night, with a jam which cooks during the standard Melt portion and then kicks into a rockin' high gear. The Carini is short but very strong, and the Walls of the Cave is a raging closer.

But the show is loaded with slop, even for 2003. Almost every song is messy, but the composed part of Melt is terrible, and the Magilla is flat out the worst version I've ever heard. Even the jam in Gumbo, which ends well, starts out rough and takes time to smooth out.

Based just on the amount of slop, I'd would have to go two stars, but combined with the four star aforementioned jams, I think it evens out to three stars. But definitely check out the Carini, Melt-> Free, and WotC.


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