, attached to 2015-07-28

Review by raidcehlalred

raidcehlalred Back when Page was head down, reticent, a soft-spoken brother who (allegedly) would reject costume suggestions because of lyrical content, Lawn Boy was amusing....

Presently, with Page - er, Iron Man - hamming it up regularly, Lawn Boy is a redundancy. Whatever charm is once possessed has gone the way of Fish's Elivs 'cape.' It's the equivalent of Henrietta back in the day; which the band deliberately moved away from, in an attempt to focus more on form than fun - without, of course, eliminating the fun.

The time may have come to close the lounge and put a bit more shine into the Sugar Shack - just a tremendous tune, always welcome (no matter the flubs) as it sets the right mental tone.

Aside from that, the first set 'was.' The catalog is so vast now, that clunkers are going to emerge, based upon song selection alone. Halley's in this era is simply as it used to be, before it became something different. Toss in a newish ballad, an older ballad, an ancient Bouncing, and there you have it.

Set Two suffers from more of the same. Some of the old simply doesn't mesh well with the new. 46 Dogs is cool, but Piper, like Halley's, is back to what it was before it became what it was; this can sound disappointing - especially as it still holds the same post 97 set placement. (On the other hand, Twist, which has also reverted to form, can really be pretty and interesting, especially early in the first). Velvet will always polarize; I like it - and I like where they play it - but it certainly loses some resonance when placed near a promising Shade and a misplaced Waiting.

Still fun to see, and I love the tone and the energy.


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