, attached to 2021-08-01

Review by heathen

heathen Set 1: Set Your Soul Free, while a terrible song, had some good moments in the Type 1 jam part. I'm a sucker for Reba. I named one of my cats Reba. The composed section of this Reba is sloppy and uninspired. Once they drop into that mellow blissful jam part, though, I find that I'm usually on board. This version is no exception in that respect. There's nothing special about this version, but it's a typically satisfying (albeit brief) jam portion of the song. This version of 555 has me wondering if Mike has gotten worse as a singer. Overall this set wasn't anything special. It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't rate it anything more than mediocre.

Set 2/e: The Tweezer jam starts to get interesting about halfway in. Before that, it's nothing all that compelling. After the mini-crescendo they mellow out again and the jam threatens to stagnate. Just when I'm worried they're in a rut, though, some new ideas arise. Towards the end it gets a bit generic and is not aided by the samples. All in all I'd say this Tweezer is decent with some flashes of greatness, but nothing spectacular. Twist is a song I've never had a strong opinion about one way or the other. It's by no means their worst song, but I also wouldn't be up in arms if it disappeared from the rotation. This version has some good moments, though. Trey does a great job of leading the band in an interesting direction with the Piper jam, but ultimately it kind of peters out. Overall this set is decent but does not live up to the hype of seeing a 33 minute Tweezer on paper.

Altogether I'd say this was an okay show. Nothing special. For what I feel it's reasonable to expect from 3.0 Phish, I'd call this average.


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