, attached to 2003-07-13

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Shows from 2.0 virtually need to be considered on a different scale than 1.0 or 3.0, which is why that numerological shorthand comes in handy so often, despite its opponents. The music was just not dialed in the way that 1.0 was, or even 3.0 is--although both those eras of Phishtory have their faults, too. The most interesting thing to me in the first set is Mike's electric bagpipes. The second set, though, boasts a rendition of Seven Below that wends through some really pretty, delicate passages before culminating in the kind of full-steam-ahead, Trey-driven heavy rock that so many 2.0 jams succumbed to. I can say that in hindsight because Phish has always been capable of a more nuanced or subtle approach, as well as creating peaks that don't have to depend upon maximum sonic density. It's kind of like how right before the Coventry Split Open and Melt says they just need to blow off some steam. I love the repertoire of 2.0, but I don't prefer its overall tenor to either other era, and a lot of what was going on culturally during the beginning of the 2000s seems to have affected Phish and the entire phan community--along with many civilians--in a way that I can't help but view retroactively as negative.


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