, attached to 2009-11-20

Review by MiguelSanchez

MiguelSanchez alright, this was my first indoor show since being at this venue in 2003. phish mail order hooked us up with 25th row trey side for this night and 3rd row page side for the saturday show, so needless to say, we were doubly amped.

set 1:

chalk dust torture: solid opener. trey sounded sharp as did the rest of the band.

the moma dance: i like to hear the funky early. this version was no thrills. really quick dip into the moma dance

the divided sky: good solid version. nothing out of the ordinary... just a good 'ol divided sky

alaska: i like this song, and it sounds like it got a lot better between summer and fall. trey had my favorite solo of the set in this song. good take, and i can't wait to see what they do with it in the future.

water in the sky: nice quick run through this one.

fefy: not a huge fan of this one. i liked it better as a rarity.

time turns elastic: double downer. this song does not do it for me. playing it two spots away from fluffhead really accentuates how dull it is. there are a few parts that i like, but all in all, there's not much going on here, imo.

jibboo: after some sleeper music, i was happy to hear jibboo come about. this was a nice first set version that found its way into...

fluff head: can't get enough of the revitalized fluff head! like the one i saw at deer creek over the summer, this one had a few flubs, but it still brought the house down. good energy, good set closer.

set 2

punch: this one had a few flubs too, but they brought some good energy into this version, and it got the crowd ready to rock.

tweezer: i really liked this one coming hot on the heels of punch. trey was sounding really good on this one, as did page. good exploration that found its way into...

light: i really don't like this song, but i really like what they do with the light jam. the music coming out of the back section was electric. as this jam progressed, fishman found a very cool little beat which they eventually wielded into...

gbott: this train was a tweeked a bit, much to our delight. they really gave this one a fresh face. after seeing it sooooooo many times in 99/00, i was happy to hear them breathe some new life in this tune. they also tacked on a very cool little funk/country jam on the back that eventually came squealing into...

possum: trey came out gun's blazing on this possum. right off the bat he's squealing. he steers this shape and they really bring the house down.

slave to the traffic light: this slave worked well coming out of that hot tweezer-possum sequence, but all in all, it was not the best version i have heard. it lacked a bit of pizz-zazz. it was still a good solid version... i'll take a half ass slave over the greatest caspian or bug ever played!

yem: they got back on track with this one. nothing completely out of the ordinary, just another great yem!

enc:
joy: this one doesnt do much for me

golgi: ditto

tweeprise: i like tweeprise, but you know, this encore was missable.

overall:
the first set was pretty standard until alaska, then they starting slumping again before ending it strong. the second set brought some really sharp playing. it was some of the best segues i had seen/heard in '09. all in all though, i do not think that anything these songs really hot monnster peaks, but still they offered up a set with excellent flow and good songs.

highlights:
set 1:
alaska, jibboo>fluff head

set 2:
tweezer>light>gbott>possum


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