, attached to 2014-04-26

Review by dscott

dscott This is a solid Phish show. Not ground-breaking, but better than I expected for a one-off performance tucked into a massive multi-band festival.

Set 1 is a bit lukewarm, but not uninspired, and the banter around Lawn Boy and Party Time is evidence that the band can still have fun. Wolfman's and Ocelot are shorter than usual, but crisp enough. 46 Days is the one song in the set that steps off the beaten path, and it's a brief diversion. The Line fits nicely into the mix, as if it has been part of the repertoire for years.

Set 2 is a bit short on flow, but it has its moments. DWD and Light both have interesting jams of healthy length. The DWD jam is especially compelling, with drippy yet peppy melodic meanderings and a segment around 11:40-12:30 that recalls the jam out of Fee on 7/5/98. Deft transition from the DWD jam to the BOAF intro - a ripcord that actually works! The set's midsection is a bit rushed. Sand is funky while it lasts. Hood is disappointing - not because of Trey's pitch-shifter that people whine about, but because that segment is part of a jam that just neither blisses out, nor builds, nor peaks. At least the Julius encore is a righteous romp, albeit typically so.
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