, attached to 2015-07-31

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads I had initially rated this show 4-out-of-5 stars, but upon relisten, with some distance from the glow, I've revised that to 3-out-of-5. The setlist is really strong, but 2015 was in some ways a very awkward time for Phish. It seems to me to have been the beginning of the smoothing-over of the variety of jamming styles, except in songs here like Weekapaug Groove and Bathtub Gin that have their own distinctive (usually Type I) jams. The Kill Devil Falls is of course a huge achievement, and features some really interesting use of effects by Trey in particular. No Men in No Man's Land also makes use of his Tru-Tron, which I wish he had continued to use if only in that song. But, aside from not really liking what was introduced with the 10/31/14 songs being put in heavy rotation, the Martian Monster seems to follow a template that is being used all too often in these setlong Crosseyed-fests or Marimba Lumina jams, whereas in earlier Phishtory instrument switching or rotation jams were accomplished a lot more cohesively, as evinced first of all by the songs Acoustic Army and Keyboard Army.


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