Mike on Phish’s New Songs: “Meaty” and Lacking “Fluff”, “Sappiness”?

Phish is halfway though summer tour. While the band is on a five-day jaunt out west to throw down a pair of shows at the Gorge and then tour south, it is a good time to reflect on how things have gone so far. Trey’s playing has sounded pretty stellar. His tone and precision has been pretty top notch and I think has been on display from the beginning of the tour, something I’ve had my ear on since Wrigley’s “Divided Sky” and “Good Times, Bad Times”. Despite his great sound I also agree with many people that the overall setlists seem to be different from the more jam-heavy efforts of last year, featuring a bit less creative improv.