, attached to 2022-12-28

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Buried Alive: Intro is sloppy. It’s fine after that. Love this to open the run. Clear intent.

Wolfman's Brother: Thick funk followed by a major key jam. To bad they didn’t continue down the funk path and taken it down a dark path.

Maze: Not a big fan of the talk singing implemented by Trey. Standard version and well played.

Sigma Oasis: Blissy jam until the late 7’s when things finally get interesting and intense. Nice, hard edge developed in the mid 8’s. This peters out in the early 9’s and a spacy jam laden with effects is explored. Solid jam, would relisten. >

NICU: Bit of clunky transition into NICU. Standard version.

Steam: Standard.

Tela: Struggle city for Trey at the end.

Stash: The composed section just seems tentative and too slow. Things start to get interesting in a dark way around 7:24. Nice! Really nice picking from Trey through most of the 9’s. But by the late 9’s, this is unfortunately getting into bliss territory. The 3.0 crutch rears it’s ugly head. Huge major key peaks ensue for the next 4 minutes and then Trey very awkwardly forces everyone into the ending.

Split Open and Melt: Trey and that vibrato stuff in the pre-jam vocal section. LOL. 8 minutes in and I just want to end this. So bad. Trey trying to transition the band back into the proper ending at 11:05 is just horrendous.

SET 2: Free: Trey, stop with the vibrato singing. It’s not good, buddy. And a botched lyric. The slow Your Pet Cat teases were cool. >

A Wave of Hope: Pretty solid jam, has some length to it for sure. I like Mike’s meatballs in the last few minutes. Great segue into… ->

It's Ice: The composed section leading into the jam is slow and tentative, sloppy in parts. The ‘jam’ is 20 seconds? A couple of samples, couple of loops and then back into the song proper ending. >

Leaves: Standard, was hoping for another version like Jones Beach but it was not to be. >

Simple: All effects, no substance. ->

Plasma: One of the shortest renditions of this tune you will ever hear. Cool segue into… ->

Twist: Late in the 5’s sounds odd, someone is in the wrong key. Like Plasma, this is a throw away version. Like they didn’t have a plan and were winging it. >

Harry Hood: Standard and very short.

ENCORE: Esther: In the 132 times it has been played, it has only been in the encore slot twice and both times were in the 3.0 era. Trey doing the vibrato thing here is just too funny. SleeeeEEEEEEeeeeeEEEEEPPPPppppPPPPP. Technically speaking, this version is mostly flub free and Trey nails the outro. >

46 Days: Standard.

Replay value/Summary: Sigma Oasis, A Wave of Hope. Show is mostly a paper tiger. I would rate it as a 3.6 out of 5.


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