, attached to 2012-12-29

Review by itsice88

itsice88 Although this show is certainly weaker than the other MSG shows in the run by a significant margin, perhaps this show has become a bit underrated in the process. I think it's good that the band is being judged on a higher standard than they were in the earlier days of 3.0, but is this show really a 3.6, but last years' 12.29 is a 4? That doesn't seem right to me, as this show had many more highlights and was overall imo a better show than that one. I think the abundance of above average shows in the past year has definitely helped our previously way-too-hyperbolic rating system when it comes to strong shows, but it seems the weaker ones suffer in the process. Fans tend to feel personally hurt when the band aborts a jam or makes an odd setlist call. I'll admit as well that I succumbed to that initially, but upon relisten there is a lot to love to be sure. Gin Golden Age Boogie Suzy and 46 days provide solid highlights to be sure. I won't talk about the weaknesses of this show as it has been discussed adequately enough. While I am certainly not saying this was a great show by any means due to the odd flow of the night, I think perhaps it is a bit underrated. If this is a "weak" or "below average" show by today's standards, as Phish fans we're in pretty damn good shape, because the bottom line is that if this show was played in 2010, people would be singing it's praises. Just a little perspective.


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