, attached to 2018-07-25

Review by becker_ross

becker_ross It really speaks to how strong the boys' first sets have been recently that even a fairly solid one like this can seem like somewhat of a disappointment. There are highlights: The unexpected Roggae opener is a treat, as is the short-but-sweet Tube, and it's always great to hear semi-rarities like Driver and Saw it Again. Unfortunately, the debut of Keeping it Real is pretty shaky, Waking Up Dead is barely held together, and the closing duo of Number Line and More aren't quite as lively as the best versions of those songs. In general, this set just feels a little aimless, closer to the first sets of the early 3.0 years than the sharp ones of recent tours.

Luckily, set 2 is great throughout. Set Your Soul Free immediately launches into one of the long, wonderful effects-driven jams that have been the hallmark of summer tour so far. Twist and Scents both contain tight, thrilling explorations, and the song-selection throughout the set is impeccable.

Lizards is always a wonderful pick for the encore, and this one is played near-perfectly.

All-in-all, not the best show of the tour so far, but a really solid show that portends great things for the rest of the summer. I couldn't be more excited to see what they offer next.


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