, attached to 2017-12-31

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Great Carini to open the show! The band sounds very sharp here, not in an hurtful sense of the definition but just a focused-yet-loose intensity that bodes well for the rest of the night. Fluffhead is reinvigorated a bit with some small alterations, which is very much in the spirit of Phishtory. Reba, although not "shreddy," is comfortably (warmly?) emotive. 46 Days brings a bit more heat to the affair, which is welcome. I don't really like the "song" portion of that song, and rarely even enjoy its jams, but this one is in and out before it grows cumbersome. Possum > Fuego > Gotta Jibboo is quite a run, but as per usual, the jam is perfunctory out of Fuego (one longs for the extended Fuegos of July 2014) and Gotta Jibboo is extended a bit but doesn't really gain particular traction. You Enjoy Myself starts out a little weird, like maybe the tempos were unsynchronized, but it plays out rewardingly (though I could handle them doing something more interesting with the vocal jam.) Set III opens with the Phish debut of Soul Planet, and Trey is working really hard to emphasize the theme. I haven't seen video yet, so I may be alone on this. A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing gets jammed out somewhat, and that's great. The rest of the set is not thoroughly thrilling to me. Overall, regarding this year's New Year's Run, I was pleased with some of the enthusiasm shown by the band; Mike was large and in charge for the duration; and another successful New Year's Eve stunt was brought to the table. I was underwhelmed by Trey's new effects; the tendency towards sloppiness almost entirely on Trey's part in the composed portions of songs played over the run; and the over-reliance on the bliss jam as a fallback in the jamming that precludes true exploration the likes of which we have every right to pine for from days of yore.
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