, attached to 2009-08-07

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This show seems to have three marquee jams: Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Light (-> Taste, if you prefer), and Bathtub Gin. The Harry Hood is also typically satorian. Trey's tone is pre-Ocedoc here, perhaps even pre-reintegration of the Ross compressor... I can't quite recall when PhantasyTour gifted him one and convinced him to add it back to his rig. The "Gorge Jam" out of Sneakin' Sally feels remillennial to me, exploring ethereal spaces that recall 1999 and 2000, respectively. Light was relatively new to the catalogue at this time, and features some melodic "crooning" over the climax of the jam, and Bathtub Gin reaches heights of pleasant intensity that expand upon the aforementioned 2000 in Phishtory. The joy (pun intended) of the band being back in its element here is very palpable, and this show is well-acclaimed for good reason, but I feel surer and surer the more I revisit the early years of Phish 3.0 (3/6/09 - current) that Phish continues to improve along their contemporary trajectory, and that they can and will continue to daze and astound.
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