, attached to 2017-12-30

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads What can you do with a Mike's Song opener? Followed by I Am Hydrogen for the first time in a while? Then Tweezer >'s out of Weekapaug Groove for the first time ever... Tweezer jams well in the first set, and I appreciate that. Ass Handed out of the jam is a bit unhinged to start out. The other big things of note in this show's first set are a Bathtub Gin that bubbles under for several minutes before peaking satisfactorily, and then a slow Brother which is an interesting take upon that song's usual frenetic energy. Down with Disease to open the second set is certainly a long version, but it winds around towards yet another bliss jam, and I'm really over the whole bliss jam thing as long as Trey is gan'na play in virtual half time, if you know what I mean. Thoroughly exciting, though, is the synth-led coda to Steam (one of the first true jams out of that song) that proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Page's new synthesizer palette has been well-integrated into Phish's 2017 sound--and hopefully further. That's about it for this show, which I feel merits 4 out of 5 stars. I really think Trey would behove the sound of the band by leaps and bounds if he would reintegrate some of his fabled "shredding" style from circa 1994 into the current melange, or maybe just even find something non-electronic to do with himself that would contribute to the sound as a whole in a more drastic way than his current arguable rut.


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