, attached to 2009-12-02

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks Standout versions of Wolfman's Brother and Ocelot in the first frame, amidst plenty of good vibes and high-energy tunes. Peaches? Sure, why not (though it's lost a step over the years, truth be told). Man, Wolfman's has been a guaranteed good time since Hampton, more intense and focused than in 2003-04 and (crucially) *distinct* in style from its late-90's form. Not that I'd mind a little red-hot 11/19/97 or 11/30/97 action from the Wolf Bro one of these days...

Second set is tremendous fun! Light is as good as you've heard, though I'll probably return more often to the blissful Gorge version; Tweezer is a high-energy guitar explosion straight out of 1995; Hood is fine; and Antelope shreds nicely. The highlight is the Light > etc. > Joy run, as you'd imagine. Yeah, Wading kicks off a little awkwardly, but so what? The boys love playing that song and it's a tearjerker (remember Coventry? SPAC '04? or even 7/2/97?!). And few bands are as fleet of foot as Phish - little errors are opportunities for these guys.

If you're wondering how this show compares to the previous two or three, the answer is 'The way to compare shows is to hear them and endeavour to love them all.' That said, the second set starts off powerfully, and lately you get the sense there's some powerful synthesis just beyond the horizon. We've had that sense all year, of course. It's getting stronger though. And the best moments of this show are very, very fine indeed.


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