, attached to 2021-08-29

Review by greenrunnery

greenrunnery Super fun show, with some stellar moments and great fluidity in the second set, but for me it's not going to be one of the more talked about shows from the tour, and that's ok.

Set 1 was probably below average for this tour (which has been good!), with a typically excellent Gin as the highlight. Lonely Trip sucked the energy out for me midway through, but that was the only bum moment of the whole night.

Set 2 Mr Completely was a real treat full of high energy playing, melodic leads coming out from all over the place, and a perfect segue into Meat. Teasing Mr. Completely in the Crosseyed Jam began a melodic through-line for the set that gave it a really coherent feeling. Beneath a Sea of Stars was a beautiful moment in the show before launching into a cool IAWITW that teased both Cross-eyed and Mr. Completely in the jam. Great bow on the set at the end

Sometimes all these excellent segues and thoughtful sets come at a price. As the type II centerpiece of the show, Mr. Completely didn't really go that deep into anything. It moved effortlessly from idea to idea, but the ideas themselves were right there on the surface and versions of things we've been hearing all tour (stuff that's been good!). I never got that rush of excitement you can get when they really steer into uncharted territory. And I suspect that's what makes a lot of us go, "yeah, that show was really good, but not one of the best I've seen or heard. I'll give it a 3 because I really liked some of it, but if I'm honest, I know they can bring more. The 'more' is what gets a 4, and a 5 is what's reserved for those shows that go down in history as the all-timers." I don't really understand why that is such a controversial take. It's pretty disrespectful to say that if a Phish fan doesn't think a show is a 4 or 5 they should "move on".... I mean come on.

This was a good phish show. I had a blast. I also know they can bring extra levels, and they have brought those levels at other shows this tour. And guess what? The ratings people vote on demonstrate this.


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