, attached to 2009-12-04

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Feels like a solidly average-great show. Maybe by this point in 2009 Phish were experiencing a temporary lull in inspiration, that would be resolved in spades by the New Year's Run. Heavy Things opens the show without the ping loop, which in my opinion is essential to the execution of the song. Glide makes a post-Coventry appearance. 46 Days is pretty brief. Reba, Guyute, and Maze all tend to underwhelm. Scents and Subtle Sounds is a promising second-set opener, but it doesn't have the Intro and peters out into a Rock and Roll that--"MSG Jam" intact--doesn't really thrill, -> Seven Below, and the remainder of the set is just standard fare for this era in Phishtory, but without the particularly riveting compositional acumen or jamming prowess that distinguish other, more highly rated shows from 2009. Maybe Phish was careful this time out at Madison Square Garden, but I feel unremiss in saying you could do without this show when accumulating a serious Phish 2009 collection. I'm well-satisfied that it was a worthy night out for attendees, though.


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