, attached to 2016-07-02

Review by bl002e

bl002e The vastly improved, so-called "fourth quarter" was one of the most significant and oft-mentioned reasons why Phish shows were so consistently can't-miss in 2015. Unfortunately, with eight shows played thus far, the same cannot be said about the 2016 summer tour. It's not necessarily a bad thing for this segment to be more "songy" than "jammy" – take 7/1/16, the first show of the SPAC run, as an example of when the former approach works well. But more often than not it hasn't, as the (ironically) post-Golden Age portion of this show did not, with a bit of sloppiness (Taste/ADinL) and without the fun that the previous night's My Sleeping One offered.

Thankfully, the third quarter play has been lights-out, and the first half has often been top-notch for the 3.0 era. Once this team shakes off its remaining spring rust, it will surely find its way to the top of the standings. I wouldn't count this team out quite yet, what with Cespedes blasting shots out of the park and Thor throwing lightning bolts from the mound.


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