, attached to 2017-07-18

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads A phan pretty much has to be rarin' to go for the Baker's Dozen, at this point. Two more Phish debuts (Tuesday and Crazy Sometimes), and I liked one of them and didn't like the other, though Crazy Sometimes went into an interesting space towards the end--which was unfortunately ripcorded into 46 Days. Peaches is always a treat, Free and Roggae went a bit deep, and it's nice to see Runaway Jim close a set. This average-great first set might've been elevated somewhat by a deep Type-II jam or tighter execution of the compositions. As for the second set, some are halfway to the moon about it (maybe there by now), but to me, it's a great set (better than average-great, to me), but there's something holding me back from rating this show more highly. I rated it 3 out of 5 stars, which I'll try to explain... Down with Disease is long, for sure, but stays kind of close to home for my liking, and I'm on record as being worn out from its near-constant placement as the Set-II opener. Mountains in the Mist is good to see, and it's one of my favorite ballad-type Phish songs. Waves probably should've taken more playing time in the setlist, but then we wouldn't've gotten the very long and very slow (radio-unfriendly) Ghost that followed and the first really extended Wombat. Chalk Dust Torture seems almost like an afterthought, or a filler song, just for the sake of closing with a rocker; Waves could've jammed quite a bit more and then we'd've closed with that funky, extended Wombat, which would be unexpected and fresh. I can't argue against a The Squirming Coil encore, though. I think the second set was a bit slow in tempo, and there wasn't as much magic to it as we got in parts of the Chicago run. It's still really good Phish, but I think a bit more energy would've behoved this show well. I'm sure it'd've been different if I'd been there, but I'm certainly excited to see what'll go down in Pittsburgh!


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