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Permalink Posted by fluffhead108 on , attached to 2013-07-10
fluffhead108Overall a mixed bag, with some clear and praise-worthy highlights. Step 1: Download the Crosseyed. Do it now!

First set is a "song selection" affair: Llama is always a treat, and a rocking Julius, fun and loose Lawn Boy>>Ya Mar combo, and Suzy Greenberg that nearly brought the house down are the highlights. Wolfman's and Gin are both fine, but not particularly noteworthy. Worth hearing, but not much more.

The second set has me torn. The Crosseyed>>Hood>>Axilla segment is the clear highlight. Crosseyed breaks some excellent uncharted territory, and the Hood is typical standard-great Hood. The Axilla seems like a weird choice, but it works perfectly. I almost fell over backwards by the shock of those power chords. Good stuff!

But then, alas, we have the Sand>>Light, which is another matter. I thought I had come to terms with the ripchord, and even come to think of it somewhat fondly, like that one friend who has a habit of pissing people off, but who you can't deny is a tried-and-true member of your group. I didn't mind SPAC2's Tweezer>>Sand, and I didn't mind SPAC3's Ghost>>Piper.

But this....this makes those segues look like Tweezabella. It is, to my ears, the single worst ripchord in the sad history of ripchords. It was an awful, awful decision and it produced awful, awful music. I literally keeled over and put my hands on my knees because I was so devastated by it. If I were Page--who was in the midst of a very enjoyable organ segment--I would be personally offended. This is one of the grievous sins that Trey will have to answer for in the after life. Maybe I'm overreacting (okay, I'm definitely overreacting) but unfortunately this moment is what stands out to me, even moreso than the terrific Crosseyed jam. Simply baffling.

Still. You'll find a lot to like here. GTBT shreds faces across the board, and Rocky Top>>Cavern is as fun as you'd expect. Avoid the Slave, though, which is a very disappointing version (if you ask me, the only reason we got Rocky Top>>Cavern was because someone on stage said, "Uh guys, we can't end with that.") Especially after the stunning, all-world version from 12/30/12, this one falls very, very flat.
Score: 9

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