, attached to 2004-06-25

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads I like this show a lot more than I thought I would, which is possible because I skipped 2.0 almost entirely, only occasionally keeping tabs on what was going on with Phish from 2002-2004. Which is why I have yet to make conclusive strides in finding my own rhythm with 2.0, whereas many phans view it disfavorably in hindsight, for reasons. Anyway, I've heard far less tidy shows from 2.0--or "sloppier," though I don't like to be that mean--but there is a fair amount of looseness here, i.e., the compositions are not delivered with much of the white light and white heat which one could expect in the 90s. In fact, a lot of 2.0 sounds to me like the band is kind of winging it, but in a way that fortuitously and serendipitously comes together into something very distinctive.

Anyway, I think the highlights of the first set are AC/DC Bag, David Bowie, and Wolfman's Brother, with the latter two getting above-average for this era recitals and jams. I was particularly impressed by the Bowie, as I go into listening to any 2.0 show with the caveat emptor mindset of, "this may be difficult to enjoy knowing what you know." The Seven Below to open the second set is a great big jam, and the song itself is one of my favorites from the Round Room and Undermind songs. They kind of just drop out of nowhere into Buffalo Bill and then again (!) into Lawn Boy. The Mike's Groove is also worth hearing from this set, and, though @waxbanks calls You Enjoy Myself > 2001 -> Vocal Jam "too much of a muchness," I'm inclined to disagree, based on the novelty of pre-empting the vocal jam with 2001, though I do side with him that the vocal jam is "unmusical." I just don't really like vocal jams. Sample encore.


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