, attached to 2021-08-27

Review by Midcoaster

Midcoaster I really, really dig this second set. For some, this may be too effervescent or light, but that's why I actually dig it. I can't think of another Phish show that has as delicate of a touch. The jams in Camel Walk and CDT are basically of a piece. It's as though CDT was a song interlude in a single jam. (Love it when that happens.) There's an echo of the December album's gentler noodling with Page wandering all over the Rhodes and Trey following with smooth flourishes.

You know, when life kicks you in the teeth (looking at you 2020-2021), sometimes it's okay to space out and dream. One doesn't have to drop into the meat grinder of rawk for a bloody cleansing every time. This show might have gone over in MSG like a weak handshake. In the context of the Gorge, however, it must've been transportational (for those willing to hear it). It's amazing, really, that there can be fresh takes on such tried and true material this late in the game. I even dig Sigma Oasis and the stoned-ape epiphany: "You're already there." We've got what we need folks, the rest is gravy. Let's enjoy our scene while we have it! That's the message I hear, anyway.
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