, attached to 2013-12-28

Review by PowerPoodle

PowerPoodle This was a solid show. If we look at the MSG 11 / 12 / 13 progression, I think we're clearly seeing a continuing upping of the ante and refinement of their craft.

Here's how I'd summarize it: the highs of 12/28/12 (Wolfman, Tweezer) went way beyond anything that happened on 12/28/13. But 12/28/13 was a more solid show. Yes, there were set hiccups and up-and-down flow. And we didn't get a Tweezer of the century. But getting a fantastic Wolfman, head-turning Steam, and gorgeous Sand -> Piper sequence (arguably extending into the BotT / Tweezer, making a whole that was more than the sum of its parts), is more than enough meat to make it worth it, and prove this is no nostalgia act chasing their past glory.

Maybe it holds up better live than on re-listen. Whatever the case, we all remember the trauma that was MSG 2011. And a part of me is always worried it could go back there. I think this show proved that memory is an increasingly distant and fading one. And good times remain ahead.


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