, attached to 2017-12-28

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads I feel confident in rating this show 3 stars. The song selection and setlist construction--especially in the first set--weren't all that interesting, and Waking Up Dead in particular had trouble of the same sort that Mike's newer compositions tend to have in its reading (although unlike recent Sugar Shacks, this doesn't seem to have been due to Trey.) Wilson to open Set II is interesting, and you get a fully >'d set (though nary a -> to be found in the whole show) with long jams in No Men in No Man's Land and Twist, both of which feature novel synthesizer usage by Page. Everything's Right is stretched out a little bit, and without the benefit of another relisten, I'd call it my jam of the night, even though both NMINML and Twist were longer. 2001 doesn't really get off the ground (wasn't there; 2001 is often a "you-have-to-be-there" kind of song) and Harry Hood closes the second set. A The Wedge, Slave to the Traffic Light encore is poignant, but this show just didn't have its precision or experimentation fully involved. Trey and even Fish seem a little disengaged from the entire affair. I'm also not a big phan of Trey's octave effect that unnecessarily muddies the bottom end, which already suffers from a lack of definition on Fish's kick drum.


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