, attached to 2021-08-03

Review by heathen

heathen Set 1: Mull is not a good song. A pretty mundane first set. Not much to say really...not bad but also not great. Meh.

Set 2/e: Nothing stood out to me until the Ruby Waves jam (the last five or so minutes, specifically). Trey obviously got bored with it, though, and decided to take a sharp turn into Possum. I can't necessarily say I fault him because while it was interesting at times, the Ruby Waves jam also didn't seem to have a lot of momentum at that point. The Light jam is kind of a snoozer. It feels like the band was searching for something to happen and it never did. But hey, I'd rather have them trying than have them just sit back and play it safe. Not much to say about this YEM other than it's 2021 and they're still doing vocal jams? I've listened to a lot of vocal jams, from every era of Phish, and I've never heard one and thought "that was great!" As for the encore, Loving Cup is a great song and Phish typically does a great version of it. This one is a bit too sloppy though. It's one thing to play a jammed out song sloppily, but it's another to play a straight ahead rocker like this one sloppily. If you're going to play a song like Loving Cup, you have to nail it.

Overall the best description for this show is "meh." I'd rank this one above 7/28, but definitely below 7/30, 7/31, and 8/1.


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