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Peter Hammill


Eclectic Prog

3.79 | 392 ratings

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4 stars An interesting collection of shorter Peter Hammill songs, most of which have strong folk elements, although one can certainly discern the prog influence on songs like Imperial Zeppelin and Happy.

Musically, this must be one of Hammill's most upbeat records - indeed at times it is positively joyful! Lyrically, I think this album contains some of Hammill's best, most personal, work. Many songs address themes of self-transformation, moving on from unfulfilling situations and finding contentment in different ways of living, such as in Solitude (Far from grime, far from rushing people/It seems that I have found a tiny peace) and The Birds (Two days ago, a girl I truly thought I loved/Suddenly didn't seem to matter at all/Should I sing sad farewell/To things I'm really glad I've left behind?).

A must-have record for fans of intelligent folk rock and Peter Hammill's direct, emotional lyrics.

jmeadow | 4/5 |


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