, attached to 2003-01-02

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu Rust and slop is to be expected from the second show after the hiatus, and this show certainly has it. It's Ice, Silent In The Morning, Simple (lyric snafu and train wreck transition to jam), MFMF, Antelope, etc. etc. Now, glancing at the track times, you might think there would be plenty of jamming to overcome the slop and make this a quality show. But don't be fooled by a 14 minute Chalkdust > 17 minute Gin opener. The overall sense I got from the jams is "directionless," even by 2.0 standards. Very rarely do all four members seem to really connect on anything. Most of it isn't really bad, per se, but not much really grabbed me, either.

There are some moments that are pleasant, certainly. I like the album-style ambient ending to Round Room (even if the song itself was a mess), maybe a moment or two of the 46 Days jam, the peak in LxL (although something that sounded like it might get interesting instead just petered out and died at the end), and a tad bit of Thunderhead.

These moments, though, are way too few and far between. I think it's mostly slightly below average jamming and quite a bit of slop, and not something I'd really be anxious to revisit often. Two stars.


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