, attached to 2003-01-03

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Tweezer is certainly played at a slower--I don't hasten to say sloppier--tempo here than usual, though the jam is miraculous, ending in a Floydian cooldown that I feel legitimately and organically segues into Theme. Funny how they seem to have more trouble with Theme than with Foam, a tune that's arguably more challenging to recite. Pebbles and Marbles debuts with a straightforwardly rocking jam without many sidetracks or frills. YEM is infamously restarted and features the George Takei vocal jam (following, of course, the neverending splendor that is any YEM!)

Second set opens with a rollicking Birds with plenty of gusto, though the song portion (i.e., the composed portion) does suffer a bit from whatever factors. Trey totally kicks Wolfman's ass, since he's who I focus on most often when he's playing like this, but the whole band does this WoBro justice. Twist briefly goes into electronic territory, which absolutely thrills me whenever Phish attempts it in any song, but is concluded all too soon for my liking. All of These Dreams is debuted, and for my money is a truly great song. I think it has a similarity to Mountains in the Mist, which is another contender for my favorite Tom Marshall lyric. Possum rips, naturally!

The non-jamming songs in this show didn't hold my interest like they might in another context or mood, but while I'm starting to see the validity to the laments about great jams but poor composed portions, I'll continue my 2.0 odyssey, and I don't feel remiss rating this show 3/5, though one contributing factor is the sheer joy of having Phish back. From my spotty listening to the higher-recommended shows from 2.0, including repeated, close listens to It and Coventry, I know that Phish accomplishes some great things from here on out. So thankful for a sober Trey in 3.0!


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