, attached to 2019-07-09

Review by aybesea

aybesea SET 1: Energy -> Weekapaug, Moma, Maze -> Lengthwise -> Maze, Petrichor, Things People Do > Sample, Gin

SET 2: Soul Planet -> Wider -> Undermind, The Final Hurrah, Beneath a Sea of Stars Part 1, Ghost -> BOAF, Waste > Golgi

ENCORE: Foam, Contact, More

One of the beautiful things about being a Phish addict is comparing the impressions I have of a show with those of my phellow phans. Sometimes it seems as if we all move like birds of a feather... like whippets we dance. Other times, it seems as if I was the only one watching the show that I think that I saw... I'm not quite sure where everyone else was observing from, but it was certainly a different show than I saw. This show, Mohegan 1, falls into the latter category.

Currently, the .NET score for this show is a paltry 3.8. I'm not sure what you all thought that you witnessed, but apparently it was an alternate show in a different universe from the one that I watched. Let's analyze this beast of a show and try to figure out what kind of [bad] drugs you guys have been taking (a wise man told me that you should always avoid the brown acid).

The show kicks off with the first of several bustouts, the infectious Energy. Unlike a lot of these rarely played bits of fun, this one sounds rehearsed and well played, and the energy that it creates (did you see what I did there?) is outstanding. With its big dance factor segueing into an incredibly rare hometown special Weekapaug, it's really incomprehensible to me that anyone would find this to be less than a stellar start to this show.

A pretty standard (that means well played) Moma ensues before we find ourselves facing a dark and mesmerizing Lengthwise/Maze. This is tight and scary and hazy... just the way we like 'em!

A pretty much picture perfect Petrichor comes next. I'm not a fan of the term "extra mustard", but this one really deserves the monicker. Delicate and intricate and beautiful... just a really enjoyable ride.

Things People Do isn't the strongest tune in the stable, but the cool down here is more than acceptable. I know that a lot of you don't love getting Sample, but I'm a huge sucker for it's compelling hooks, and this is a very good one. The set closes down with the best Gin of the tour so far, and that's always a welcome addition to a great show!

Moving on to the second set, we find a really strange set list staring us in the face. But, sometimes the set list doesn't really tell the story, and that's the case here.

Soul Planet may not be the most sophisticated song, but the fact of the matter is that Trey simply loves playing it... and it shows with a great type I jam. This leads into the new track Wider... not a spacy jam vehicle, but not a bad cool down song either (we could do much worse). A strong Undermind with some outstanding piano play from Page takes us to the first break of the set. Not the spaciest open to a second set, but it certainly meets the danceathon criterion.

While the KV songs are still not quite aligned in my cranium, they are certainly beginning to grow on me. Final Hurrah may not be the highest quality song, per se... but this reading has a great, super danceable jam attached to it... and that makes it a winner for me.

Next up is quite possibly the most intriguing new song in the rotation, the laid back Beneath A Sea Of Stars. This is a very pretty song that could honestly slip by as just another Trey cool down song except for one important fact... the boys just love jamming this thing out! I first read the reviews from Camden comparing this to Dark Star and thought to myself that someone was a little too much of a fanboy... and I'm not sure that I'd award it that level of praise just yet... but this thing gets pretty lost in a lysergic haze before stretching its tentacles and morphing into a full blown, bad ass, type II jam. Nice!

At this point, if the show had ripcorded into Caspian, Number Line and Slave, I would have been quite happy... but it didn't. We got Ghost, BOAF and Golgi. All well played and quite the ticket for bringing the second set home in a grand fashion. But, we're still not through with this thing... fucking Foam and Contact in the encore slot??? Stupendous! Yes... I'm conciously choosing to ignore More... although the dance factor is prime.

The way that I count them, there are 9 grade A choice tracks here [Energy, Weekapaug, Moma, Maze, Gin, Soul Planet, BASOS, Ghost, BOAF, Foam & Contact], and another 7 songs that are super solid [Petrichor, Sample, Undermind, Hurrah, Golgi, Foam & Contact]... that's 16 great songs out of 20 (not counting Lengthwise), and that makes for a stellar show in my book!

Best show of the tour so far!!!


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