, attached to 2013-10-31

Review by funkalunk

funkalunk What an odd show.

Set 1 is pretty much the epitome of "straightforward, no risks taken" Phish. I find it hard to pick out any jams that were memorable. Not only that, something to me seemed..."off" about the band. Jitters about set two, perhaps? I don't know, but something was holding them back, and it showed.

Set 2 on the other hand, was wonderful. Mileage can and will vary, but I enjoyed all the new material. Fuego, Monica, and 555 are my standouts, while Wingsuit and You Never Know underwhelmed me. Everything else, pretty good. The novelty of 12 new Phish songs thrown at you at once, and all performed well (They shook off that negative energy in set break) is pretty hard to deny. It charmed me over, I just hope it can stand the test of time.

Set 3 I enjoyed. Coming off the success of the huge risk that was set 2, the band was ready to blow off some steam and have some relaxed fun. And it showed. They came out strong with the Ghost > Carini pairing that I'm sure people will overrate and throw in your face for a while, but it was pretty good. A solid block of music, nothing else to say about it. Birds was nice, nothing to write home about, and the rest of the set followed suit.

So it seemed weird, the first set was almost objectively bland, the second set was objectively novel, and the third set was objectively good. (Yeah I'll say it) I just wish I could chop off that first set and rate this higher. Alas, have to take it as a whole.

Solid, but if you download it, skip set one. Nothing you haven't already heard a million times.


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