Festival 8: Day One Review – Phish Offers Tasty Treat [Desert Sun]

To this novice Phish phan, Friday’s opening set showed how polished they’ve become. They played three songs from their new album, “Joy,” which many critics have called their best album ever, including “Time Turns Elastic,” which some critics have called Phish’s equivalent of the Dead’s “Terrapin Station.” It has so many unique components, like “Terrapin,” it’s almost a suite. That makes it a difficult song to expand upon in a jam because its growth is built into its structure. But, it was a treat to hear them perform the song expertly even if it didn’t improve significantly on the recording.

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