, attached to 2021-07-30

Review by heathen

heathen Set 1: The first time I'm really perking up in this set is the Ghost jam. Fish is much more creative than he was on 7/28 (that sampler has got to go though). The jam got into some interesting places and I could've used it going longer. Not a Ghost for the ages, but a fairly enjoyable version. This set was overall tighter and higher energy than 7/28, but nevertheless nothing remarkable. Overall a huge improvement from 7/28's first set. Walls of the Cave is still an awful song, by the way. This version is high energy, but even that isn't enough to redeem the song itself.

Set 2/e: I like the song Carini, and as soon as I hear Page busting out the Rhodes sound I'm on board. Even when he switches over to the piano here he's still killing it. He kills it through this entire jam. The crescendo at the end of the Carini jam is a bit predictable, but also satisfying. Other than some occasional splashes of creativity, for the most part it feels like Fish has been on autopilot for the entire Carini jam. Even when it's reaching its peak it feels like he's playing the same pattern he has been for the last 10 minutes, only faster. The way they ease off the gas at the end is really interesting. Overall I'd say this Carini was very good, but nothing mindblowing. The rest of Set 2 was unremarkable, other than it being worth repeating that the new sampler is just awful. Yarmouth Road is not great...it sounds like a modern day country singer tried to make a reggae song. Mike taking a solo is pretty much always enjoyable though, so it's got that going for it (which is nice). The rest of the encore is fine but not noteworthy.

Overall, 7/30 is a huge improvement over 7/28. Highlights are Ghost and Carini, though neither are essential (other than the novelty factor of a jammed out Carini). Altogether, and taking into consideration that this is 3.0 Phish we're talking about and not 1.0, I'd say this show puts them on a good trajectory and I'm looking forward to the next one.


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