, attached to 2013-07-13

Review by User_25667_

User_25667_ [I originally wrote this review for Phantasy Tour right after I got back from the show.]

I was at tonight's show (7/13/13) on the lawn. Before I mention the music itself, I just want to say that the lawn was an absolute mess after the 20-minute rain toward the end of the set.

After set break, my group made its way to the rail separating the lawn and the pavilion. This was a good move, since we stood on marginally less muddy asphalt and watched countless unfortunate victims of the mud slide down the hill and wipe out in the disgusting mess.

As for the music itself, I was generally pleased. I finally got to see the whale call in person, and it was distracting at times. Overall, though, it could have been worse. Wasn't overwhelmed by the KDF opener, but Destiny was a treat. Taste was nice, too. I'm on the fence with Halfway and 20 Years. Both good songs, but back-to-back like that kind of killed the energy of Taste. Maze was an undeniable highlight. Energetic, spirited, and on-point. Yarmouth Road is where the rain really picked up, so unfortunately I couldn't give it the attention I would have liked. SOAMelt, though, was insane. Another highlight, along with Maze.

Second set was odd. I thought the playing was top-notch, but there were a number of unfortunate breaks between songs that called for segues. DwD>Free was superb. Felt Bouncing was in a weird spot. Liked BOAF a lot. Hood was the star of the show for me. A gorgeous version that made it impossible for me to wipe the smile off my face for its entire duration. I think Architect might grow on me. Mike's Groove was real nice, although I thought the segue from Mike's into Simple was a bit shaky. A fun encore, too.

Overall, I give this show a B/B+. Not the best of the tour. I would have liked some more exploratory jamming, but it was still a very fun time. I have high hopes for Curtain and/or Lizards tomorrow night.


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