, attached to 2016-07-15

Review by ivebeentheretoo

ivebeentheretoo No one will like what I have to say, but I'll say it anyhow, because someone has to.

This is not, musically speaking, anywhere close to the best show of the tour (as the ratings would suggest). That's not to say it wasn't a fun show, and that's also not to say the music was bad. But here are the facts: there was almost no type 2 jamming, which is a big part of what makes a phish show really great. C&P and ghost had some moments, but all in all things stayed inside of the compositional box. Teases abound, but that doesn't really add substance. The band felt loose but the music was tight, if that makes sense.

Chalkdust to me was the clear highlight, because trey's solo was so interesting. It really touched on that early '93 style of dissonant tension and melodic release. Probably the most interesting solo he's played all tour. But I think this song is the only one worth relistening to. Maybe 2001 if you haven't heard a good one lately. The tweezer was strong, but I won't be listening to it a third time.

Overall this was probably a fun show for sure, but the current 4.45 rating puts it at the second best show of the tour, and I think that's doing a disservice to a lot of the really good music (Wrigley, mann1, spac1, mansfield) that has been played already this tour. Also, with the quality of the type 1 playing the next night, it's hard to justify the high rating.


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