, attached to 2009-06-02

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks Mixed bag here: most of the second set is sloppy and awkward, and every segue in Mike's Groove is an abomination. But this sprightly (and rhythmically unusual) If I Could is my favourite version, and the climactic Hood is 90% perfection (complete with breathtaking ambient passage) and 10% clattering weirdness (with Trey spraying these seemingly unmotivated flatted ninths all over the place and the band just not syncing up, the whole affair just sputtering to a depressing finish). So much potential, so much energy, so much cold water all over everything. Oy. Still, June '09 was a strong step forward from the safe play at Hampton, and the best parts of this show are unquestionably worth hearing and keeping.


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