, attached to 2009-08-14

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks Phish's late summer '09 strengths and weaknesses are on display in this show. A misplaced Wilson kills a DWD that might've been the year's best, while a top-notch Piper oddly winds into Water in the Sky. A playful PYITE opener bodes well but the long-awaited Forbin's > Mockingbird is story-free. BOAF is superb, as is Stash, but the YEM is a nonstarter. Ambient spaces follow bright rock jams, everything's chunky and energetic, and we're miles and miles away from the hypnotic intergalactic magic of June '04. Like many of the July/August '09 shows, this is an uplifting, satisfying listen that won't make it onto anyone's Top 25 Phish list. And it might be the most well-rounded show of tour, so if you're wondering where to start with the recent stuff, you can do worse than this one.


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