, attached to 2021-10-20

Review by metawhy

metawhy Wow just wow. It took me a second to figure out Mr. Completely when it started the show with a serious sonic push. It seems like they are now going for broke in the first song first set. I can't even describe where it went, but it is worth hearing. When they dropped into Energy, the crowd around me just exploded and everyone was dancing and grooving with big smiles. The jam slowed down and they took it into another rocker with a menacing vibe: Timber. Trey's enunciation of the lyrics with the heavy guitar behind him was powerful.

Casual Enlightentment - ooof, please don't destroy the vibe

Divided sky was great, but I can't help thinking that this song is most amazing the first time you hear it, for the sheer surprise of the changes and the idea of nurturing a bit of beauty to fruition.

Farmhouse was a nice breather and allowed Trey to really feel the song out in a looser arrangement than in previous years. I feel heavy nostalgia for the 90s when I hear this song. Trey was practically whispering and it gave the song a nice plaintive feel.

Melt thundered out next and my section was doing the weird jerky robot dance moves. This one got murky fast, with CK5 creating an amazing visual of a slowly turning whale with the lights. It slowed down and got very atonal. I was enjoying sitting down and just watching the slow turning lights. There was some weird little song I didn't recognize in the muck, then a return to the SOTM riff to close the set. Whew!

Set II started out with a crowd participating ACDC that peaked quickly and landed in Ruby Waves. Geez I love the goofy and light lyrics of this song. It is like the opposite of a heavy trip. Peoples arms were up and swinging and getting down to the good energy. This folks was the jam of the night. Trey locked into some dark repetitive groove and then just brought out this amazing dark peak. Then all hell broke loose and it's like the whole thing lifted up and revealed this layer of disco right below the surface. It was like a funk bomb went off in our section. People were screaming and going nuts. You REALLY should listen to this very unusual jam.

Ruby waves went ambient and then landed gently in Lonely Trip. Perfect placement! Everyone took a breather and listened to this gentle new song that leaves you feeling very good.

Golden Age started and I couldn't believe it! This song can be so uplifting and the lyrics are just so FUN. They just sang it so hard, and the CK5 was helping out with Oranges and Reds to lift up the chakra energy. The jam winded down and I could just hear it coming, Numberline. I cringed for a second, then just went with it. It felt so refreshing to experience that song with a crowd. As Trey ripped into his end solo for the night, we were treated to his final crescendo of notes, tones and textures. It was absolutely stunning with some piercing high notes played with sustain. Very powerful stuff that felt cleansing in a way.

Thank you Phish and fans!


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