, attached to 2017-12-30

Review by TooManyUrkels

TooManyUrkels Finally gave this show a listen today and it deserves the praise it gets.

Set 1: Mike's > Gin is all exemplary stuff. They could have just stopped there and I'd have been satisfied. While the downtempo Brother must have been a fun bust-out for those in attendance, I find it a little goofy and awkward on tape, so much so that I'm going to call it the show's low point. YMMV, however.

Set 2: Jams on jams on jams. DWD is top-notch long-form 3.0 jamming, going all sorts of places and modulating feels/tempi/key seemingly at-will. The Steam outro jam is my favorite type of Phish - weird, freaky, boundless, arrhythmic abstraction, and is the biggest highlight to my ears. Farmhouse's outro jam is lovely, airy, and quite pretty, as expected. Antelope is powerful, tense stuff - you can really hear the audience get hyped and impend the big buildup to double-time, which elevates the payoff. The boys are really on-point in this one and summarizes the entire set's thesis.

Easy 5 stars. This show really feels like it should be a 4.6+ rating, since I think it stacks up against 7/25/17 and other heavyweight 3.0 outings.


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