the original review screams "I've seen a lot of shows but don't know much about music". Nothing wrong with that, but if you're going to be a critic, don't just say "this was a trainwreck song". Tell us why it was a trainwreck. Look, our own perception and mood at shows always effects our reviews. I'm not even sure the original reviewer was there. If you weren't there, you really shouldn't be .net's official reviewer on the show. I digress.This is pretty great.
Sunday was high octane on energy, a dream setlist, and a lot of creativity/spontaneity. I think the original reviewer would be happier if the setlists were like 92 where A: they only had o many songs to choose from and B: there were a boatload of repeats. I can get that. If you jam a song 12 times on tour, you're going to be good at that song. If you have catalog like phish and want to play a lot of different songs, there simply just isn't a way to do it, get older, and simultaneously add to your catalog. Its give and take. I thought the review was spot on for being a "good version bad version" of a song review or "did Trey hit all the right notes"....but the reviewer should ask themselves this: Do you want it to be like 92 in that all you;re hearing are songs they've written in the past 5 years over and over again? Cause for this phan, that's a hard NO.
TLDR: original reviewer doesn't understand the difficulty of the position that phish has put themselves in. Not gonna comment on their musical background, but it was like reading an essay where there were some good general points but no real meat and potatoes. Maybe they were just dumbing it down or keeping it short for the non-musicians out there.
Look, it was a super-fun show for phans of all ages, and the setlists throughout the weekend were EXTREMELY difficult ones. Maybe the original reviewer would prefer no mans>blaze on>winterqueen>more>joy as a set that gets a bunch of repeats and is pristine by end of tour, but I for one would not. Everyone at Friday and Sunday had a lot of fun and the overall show experience for the run was far superior than the average in 3.0. Can.You.Still.Have.Fun?
Lifelong musician and huge 3.0 critic
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