, attached to 2017-01-14

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads I really enjoyed the song selection in the first set of this show. It so happened that it was bookended by great jams: The Curtain With and Chalkdust Torture. That's what I'll focus on, since most of the rest of the first set was pretty much by The Book. The Curtain With is a treat any time I hear it, and this version was typical of the song yet nicely executed with perhaps a nod to the surroundings--though I haven't heard what the weather's been like--if, as one would suspect, January in Mexico on the beach is kinda breezy and relaxed. Chalkdust was compared in the setlist/discussion thread to the legendary 7/10/99 version; I wouldn't rank it that high, but it surprised me with its laser-guided melodies and professionally thematic jam.

The second set, for me, is notable for the Mercury > Light. Crosseyed didn't do much, except get teased/quoted a lot, which I'm pretty much meh about. A rarely concise Blaze On led into Meatstick > Winterqueen, with Meatstick getting extended a bit--and including the now-ubiquitous Japanese lyrics--before a stately Winterqueen which left me a bit puzzled why they would want to extend that song, though my fear that the set was gonna feature a bunch of 8-10 min. numbers was answered with aplomb by the aforementioned Mercury > Light! I'm not really familiar enough with Mercury yet to be able to analyze it from the standpoint of separating composition from jam expertly (thanks Ezrin) but I enjoyed it, and the Light that follows, though monochromatic from a key signature standpoint, was accomplished and threw me a bone on the jamhound side of things. Note: I'd like Drowned taken for a ride again, hopefully soon. It and Rock and Roll deserve better than encore status, IMO.

An average-great show was enjoyed by many, hated by none. If I'd been there I'd've been thrilled, but when it comes to Phish there's average-thrilled and there's thrilled, if you know what I mean. The structure and setlist kind of reminds me of last year's Lockn' shows. I would've been proud to show this to a non-phan as a non-Phish-only festival show. I hope tonight is truly revelatory, as I know in my bone-marrow Phish is capable of any time they feel like it.


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