, attached to 2016-06-26

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads "A new song with a line about Page in it," heh. I mentioned in the Forum Breath and Burning kind of makes me think of early Dave Matthews Band, maybe the song Recently in particular. I'm a fan of this new song. Not everything has to be like older Phish; I love the compositional epics and their combinations of intensity, virtuosity, and whimsy, but it's nice for Phish to have some just, I guess good-vibey, new material to reinvigorate their program. Ironically, because Phish is, well, Phishy, serious songwriting can be to their benefit or their detriment depending upon various factors, in my opinion. I personally think 3.0 represents a brighter and lighter Phish... no more burdens to bear, just doing it for the sheer love of the game. Skipping ahead, this Light has a jam that really interests me. Lots of movements and nooks and crannies to it, just utterly fascinating, if not as life-affirming--to me--as many Phish jams can be, but then again I am a Discerning customer. I don't really like Golden Age, but the Boogie On that follows it is as fun as ever. Wingsuit's up next, and is poignant rather than "fun," which is fine. We're really looking at some complex setlists this tour, as far as the range of emotional motifs on display. Far be it from me to tell the band what to do, but does anyone else think maybe they should plan setlists ahead again? I know recent interviews seem to indicate they're going for a more freeform agenda than that, but this show is kind of all over the place, I think... not too cohesive, but maybe it's just my state of mind. We're certainly dealing with a subjective experience when talking Phish.


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