Tweezer

, comment by Pinhead_Larry
Pinhead_Larry Fans of the band's electronic ambient sound will want to check this Tweezer out. Well, I should actually hope so, seeing as 1998 was THE year for the ambient-electronic style. This isn't the best '98 has to offer, nor is it the best of this particular style, but this is one worth hearing for any Tweezer fan, or 1998 fan (and if you're a fan of both, then it's win-win!)

The song itself is standard, as per usual, but the jam immediately takes off into a down-tempo keyboard driven electronic groove with Page playing some cool melodic and spacy lines. Then, after this section comes the -> California Love section where the band effortlessly plays an excerpt of the Tupac Shakur classic, then -> to Tweezer for some "hose" (though it doesn't get to go anywhere near where 6/24/00 or 2/28/03 goes, which is why this Tweezer probably isn't as recognized).

The jam in the final section after the Tupac cover is great and provides some high level energy that beautifully contrasts the first jam before the Cali. Love. This high energy continues until it sounds like there will be a penultimate peak, and lo and behold, there is! Only this peak is another effortless and wonderful transition -> to Free (which is another review all on its own. You should check out my 7/15/98 review on Free ;)

All in all, this is not the best Tweezer. I wouldn't even include it in my "top 'x'" Tweezer's ever. But, it is worth hearing for fans of this era and especially for the segues and euphoric jamming. I would actually include the Tweezer-> California Love-> Tweezer-> Free as one sequence, and it holds up over time (to my ears).

tl;dr-The Tweezer by itself is nothing too special, but the whole sequence of songs is a super-team of tight, yet fun and somewhat loose jamming. AKA: everything a Phish fan should love in Phish. Enjoy!
 

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