, attached to 2010-08-06

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This show is a lot more fiery than the preceding night at the same venue. Cities -> Berkeley Jam > The Moma Dance is riveting, IMO. I wish Cities would get jammed out really extensively and often. Gin is ***officially*** typically hosey, really one of their most reliable jam vehicles, and one that doesn't often make it onto Recommended Jams because every version is amazing to some degree and they usually follow a somewhat-standard tension-release into peak format (but danged if I ever met a Gin I didn't like.) Rock and Roll -> Berkeley Jam #2 > Ghost is pretty average-great, but the Simple in this show really hits the spot. If there's any--entirely unmerited--criticism I could offer of this era of 3.0 and Phishtory, it's that the Whale Call and just Trey's playing/phrasing, in general, sounded a little bit, um, "whiny." I think Trey has accomplished a great return to form in leading the band lately--Marimba Lumina/Drums Jams notwithstanding--and part of it is his continual experimentation with tone and effects. It's kind of like James Hetfield said in the Behind the Music: Metallica episode: "If you're ever satisfied, the game's over." I'm thankful Phish is not a game to the band. But I digress: back to the music. Seven Below is fewer than four minutes long, which might tend to disappoint before you're walloped upside the testicles by a legitimate segue into Weekapaug Groove. The YEM was pretty standard, I thought, and Good Times Bad Times is always pretty much the same. I'm tempted to rate this show a 3/5, solely based upon the aforementioned "whining" quality of Trey's lead guitar through much of the show, but I can't do it in good conscience. 4 out of 5 stars!
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