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THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE

Peter Hammill

 

Eclectic Prog

4.35 | 529 ratings

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jmeadow
5 stars Peter Hammill's The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage is a classic of prog rock. Hamill fuses rock, folk and experimental jazz elements into a unique, powerful and accessible sound. Lyrically, the album deals with the big issues of life, love and death, often in quite personal terms, with the vocals delivered in Hammill's characteristic dramatic and emotive style.

It is the final song, A Louse is not a Home, that really lifts this record into the masterpiece category for me. This is a twelve and a half minute journey into the mind of an emotionally and physically isolated individual seeking connection with others and fearing for his own sanity : 'Sometimes it's very scary here/sometimes it's very sad/sometimes I think I'll disappear/betimes I think I have.' This monumental song contains Hammill's most brilliant writing, lyrically and musically.

An essential record for those interested in darker, emotional progressive music.

jmeadow | 5/5 |

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