, attached to 2018-08-05

Review by SikeMo

SikeMo Folks, it's time to wake up. I picked this show to scrutinize because of the good reviews and the setlist looked like it might be a heater. Also, I attended two shows from this tour and have listened to a few more. The playing from this show and most of this tour is bordering on horrible. While I had fun at the shows I attended, there were few truly impressive Phish moments other than the typical shock of bust-outs.

Listening to this show, the energy level is low, the playing (Trey) is extremely sloppy, and the jamming is unimaginative. If you're going to just wade through the songs and improvise the composed sections, maybe it's time to stop playing them. On top of that, no one is really playing in time with each other anymore. The band's metronome is off. I could provide specific examples, but it's nearly every song. Petrichor and Taste, in particular, were completely unlistenable. Yes, the bust-out factor (setlist composition, etc) is high here, but it's nothing other than cute at this point. Nearly every second set opener has a jam that leads into a predictable key shift to the relative major and a 'bliss jam'. Same thing, every night, over and over. It makes me think of Coventry.

You'll have to pardon my criticism, but the love just isn't there for me right now. As a long time fan (24 years now), I'm a bit disappointed. I'm not sure what the solution is. Maybe it's just rehearsing. Maybe it's reducing the mind boggling number of songs that they play to cover three to four nights worth of shows per tour. I would much rather have my face melted with repeats than listen to them stumble through this slop. Also, write down the setlists before the show. The agonizing pauses between songs ruin the vibe. Time for another hiatus? IDK


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