, attached to 2019-06-25

Review by FiveBranch

FiveBranch First set presented the music quite casually, with the band seeming to take their time to make sure their bearings were well grounded prior to exploring out and on into the netherlands. This is not to say that the first set should be skipped. Waves through Julius in particular has a great flow and the overall unhurried approach to the set offers a different side of Phish that is enjoyable to hear from time to time. No doubt the open air atmosphere of Darlings assumed influence.

First establishing this clean bill of health pays back gloriously in the second set as the two lengthy sojourns out of Down with Disease and Simple sculpture their respective themes into effortless rides, both being entirely unique and consistently directed. And then concluding the succession with Piper is picture perfect. Apparently the band was quite content with where they found themselves, choosing to shore up with comfortable renditions of everything else that followed. Would it have been nice to have them head out again? Of course. But that first half of the second set is just too satisfying to even hint at a grump.


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