, attached to 2013-10-20

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads I initially rated this show 5-out-of-5 stars, but upon relisten tonight, I'm revising that to a good, healthy 4. The first set seems somewhat uninspired given what goes down in the second, with even Divided Sky not featuring its usual quasi-manic zest. Even the Julius opener seems slightly downtempo compared to a bog-standard version from 1995 or so... I'd say Back on the Train is the highlight of the first set, but Trey's still got this thing going that he started doing on 3/6/09 where he kind of drawls or draws out phrases of lyrics. Along with his insistence on ostentatiously drawing unnecessary attention to "I'd have myself to blame" in Sand, this is a big sticking point for me, that I don't think enhances the 3.0 experience at all positively. Anyway, it doesn't really matter, because this is an amazing, jammy second set that begins with some funny banter and a fun bluegrass tune. The Tweezer and Golden Age to follow feature patient ambient space that's still surprisingly melodic, and nearly every song in the set exceeds 10 minutes in length. I'm reminded somehow of the shows from the Gorge in the summer (7/26 and 7/27) that at least 7/27 of which also featured the somewhat rare feat of Phish committing themselves to jamming an entire set. It sometimes happens that when Phish really brings home the bacon in the second set, the first set undershines in comparison... I wonder if they were saving themselves for Set II this night, but if they did, it sure paid off.


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