, attached to 2013-10-23

Review by deceasedlavy

deceasedlavy The "USSR" opener is pretty tight, great way to get the crowd fired up. The show only gets worse from there. The band is incredibly sloppy. The last twenty minutes or so of the first set can in no way be considered competent playing of music. The attempt at a vocal coda to "Limb" is woefully out of key; Trey obviously realizes it's a joke. "I Didn't Know" really isn't IN a key until the instruments come up; I get the joke and all and certainly no disrespect for playing this because it's pretty hilarious to contemplate Fish getting naked at this point, but anyone with an ear for music and no historical perspective would cringe listening to this. Trey again is in the wrong key for all of the composed section of "Split" and the jam is about the ugliest rendition I can think of.

"RNR" peters out quickly into nothing despite a last-minute attempt by Mike to get something going. "-7" is the generic happy-rock stroll we've heard about three dozen times this year. "Twist" follows a very similar formula; despite an interesting mini-peak in the middle, it then just peters out into default lullaby mode--again, we've heard this exact same motif over and over for a few years now. "Hood" is probably the highlight of the show, purely for Page's attacking of the grand piano as he realizes Trey's pleasant noodling is going nowhere. The "Chalk Dust" is pretty nice, as is the "WMGGW".

The show is a good example of how far standards have fallen in terms of tight musicianship. Even in the back half of 2010 this would have been considered sub-standard; in 2011 and 2012 you just didn't hear this level of slop, and this "fall tour" is half over already. The intent to explore and depart from song structure is admirable, but Trey is nestled in his comfort zones and even when he's on point, he's very unoriginal. What's the use of jamming if you're not going to create something new and unique? Oh, right, everyone claps and cheers and eats it up no matter what. I get it.


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