, attached to 2018-07-20

Review by gingerphish

gingerphish This is a solid 4 star show. Set Your Soul Free is a better song than Infinite is and had just as good of a jam segment. Really excited about these new tunes and it really feels that the band is getting good jamming energy from there. One day soon these songs will break out in a huge way. Wolfman's definitely packs an extra little punch. Is it just me or is Fishman finding some fresh new beats this tour? He kills it on this Wolfman's. I'll never complain about a Roggae in this spot, beautiful jam. Simple is really the meat of this set and an amazing jam. Until we get to this Chalkdust, jams seem to be staying a bit shorter so far during the tour. But this does not stop anything played so far from traveling far or going deep. This Simple is excellent. Ya Mar and Sand close out the set nicely.

Chalk Dust Torture gives us our first 20 minute jam of the tour so far minus YEM which doesn't count for this statistic. This jam ebbs and flows for a bit as they explore some quiet, darker spaces. I've read some complaints that they could have cut out a few minutes of this jam and it would have been just as good, but i'm just thankful that the boys are still willing to take the risks and let the jams float out there even if they don't catch a theme right away. We need to be patience in uncomfortable or familiar space if jams are going to shift into something truly spectacular. This jam doesn't quite get to that space, but really has an incredible peak. They try out some funk for a bit before letting the jam float into MFMF, which works nicely here. I've heard Fuego too much to ever get excited about this song as I'm sure is the case for people who saw Phish at all in 2014. This version though really kicks it up a notch and lands on some intriguing space and continues the solid flow of the set. I'll skip the fun songs and say that this Light is another example of Phish continuing to bring it later in the show this tour. Doesn't stick to the typical dissonant first jam and instead gets some nice melodic jamming that starts out darker and flips the switch to some major key jamming that shifts to a rocking ending.

Nothing but good things to say about the rest of this show. You're not getting anything out of this world, but a complete ending to a enjoyable show.


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