, attached to 2013-12-30

Review by fluffhead108

fluffhead108 Pretty much a textbook 3.0 show. High energy, strong playing, one big jam, and a host of smaller jams densely packed with interesting ideas. The jamming isn't as ambitious as last night, but all things considered I'd say the two shows sit right alongside each other.

Set I gives excellent versions of KDF, Gin, Heavy Things (love what they do with this song these days), and Sample (Trey shines). I was very curious to see how Wombat would go, and thankfully they seem to want to do much more with it than a quick few minutes of generic rhythm funk. This version is damn good, and makes me think even better versions await in 2014.

The CDT is the first stop in Set II. Big, open, experimental version. Not 100% successful, but still an amazing jam that is worth hearing ASAP. Given the placement, I thought for sure we were going to finally get a juicy, exploratory Mike's, but instead we got a standard, solid jam and the very unusual pairing with Devotion to a Dream--not one of my favorites of the new songs, but played well enough. I like the "It's today!" lyric, but I doubt this tune will ever go big. For now, I'd say keep it in Set I.

The rest of Set II is your typical "Phish is at the top of their game right now and so obviously they killed it" affair. Check out the Ghost>>Weekapaug for some joyous guitar solos and groovy dance music, then end with a blissful, wide-open-spaces Simple, and call it a day.


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