, attached to 2013-07-26

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads I watched this show's webcast, and it was very evident that the cohesive tightness found in spades in the early 90s--as well as a non-negligible pranksterish bent to the proceedings--was evident in the listening on display here by the band. I think that's one thing that has consistently improved since the Return (Hampton, VA, March 2009), although to some extent lately it feels like Mike and Trey are both a bit disengaged. There is a fabled "big jam" here, in Crosseyed and Painless, but honestly, I was more fascinated watching the interaction between the band members throughout the show from a technical, hermeneutical standpoint than I was in focusing on the extended improvisation. It's not all too often anymore that I can say that, but I'm starting to realise that this element has been present throughout 3.0--and indeed throughout Phishtory--to the point that I'm chagrinned to have been caught up in the joyous whirlwind surrounding post-breakup Phish to the point that I would cease listening critically in that regard. Fool me twice, etc.
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