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Permalink Posted by meanpete on , attached to 2010-10-22
meanpeteNot understanding the middling reviews that this show has received so far. For me, this was the tightest, most uniformly excellent Phish show I've been to in a long, long time. The setlist reads like a slowdown in the action following insane Agusta and Utica shows, but this was some inspired standardness.

The first set contained no exceptional material until a knock down swinging Julius at the end. It was just a high energy rock fest, Disease, Bitch and Roses set the energy to 11 while Fluffhead and Rift were nailed perfectly. Moma dance was fun, a looser spacier version than normal, but Julius set the tone for some inspired jamming the rest of the night.

The Rock 'n Roll -> Carini segment of the show was basically one long ADHD jam, morphing into something different every minute, alternating between high and low energy, type I and type II moments. Rather than zero in on a groove the music just kept changing, but it was so focused, almost as if the entire jam were composed. By the end of it I felt like I had traveled somewhere with the music.

My Problem Right There...nice tune, not great, but fun. Met with a lukewarm reaction but featured a call and response solo section where Trey and Page really ham it up. People were into it by the end.

The highlight of Mike's was the Sanity bustout, not the song proper, but the 3 minutes of inSanity that followed. Sanity ended in a dark vocal jam followed by this pulsating ambient jam that sounded more like Animal Collective than Phish.

Suzy -> Light continued the pattern of this new type jamming. Hard to describe, you just gotta hear it. Character seemed like the closer, and was remarkably un-standard featuring an extended slow-down jam (think Bowie before the ending arpeggio solo). To get a 2001 out of that just blew my mind. Loving Cup and First Tube were solid but unspectacular, a victory lap for a great show.

Don't judge this show by its setlist, this is must listen material. The jamming is the best, most purposful jamming I've seen since Phish 1.0.
Score: 7

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