, attached to 2016-07-03

Review by bonnie_franklin

bonnie_franklin This show was fun to listen to overall but generally nothing special. I rated it 2 stars.

Set one: 3 things---some overplayed tunes, some very sloppy playing, and some well played stuff towards the end. Highlights were ocelot through possum. Sugar Shack is a complete disaster. Lol. Time to send it back on the shelf. Its Ice was also flubbed badly. Some of these numbers are just too difficult and too infrequently played (or practiced) for public consumption.

Moma Dance is obviously the highlight of the show. Twist has some tasty jamming but the composed parts (including the vocals!) are very sloppy. Joy and Breath & Burning are well done. Axilla is 3 minutes of your life you won't get back and Theme also suffers from poor execution. Hood is well done. Rock n Roll as an encore is not the best option imo.

This show points out both the strengths & weaknesses of phish circa 2016. When they open it up and jam they thrive and excite. Their newer material should be played more often in place of older placeholders that bring neither taut execution or any surprises. Imo, phish is starting to sound old. Personally i think they should cut down their rotation of songs and jam a lot more.


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