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PAWN HEARTS

Van Der Graaf Generator

 

Eclectic Prog

4.42 | 1461 ratings

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Peto
5 stars The famous album by Van der graaf generator

Lemmings (including cog) The track starts with a creepy organ sounds and great vocals from Peter Hammill. The track gets through several melodic and also rhytmical changes. Hammill┤s vocal melodies are very complex and the saxophone fits in nicely as well. Guy Evans does some great drumming. Around the fifth minute and aggressive weall of sound comes in, and the song becomes more avantgarde. After that the main melodic motif comes again and the track concludes with a quieter, atmospheric keyboards part. 4.5 stars

Man-erg A more traditional track, very melodic, with Hammill on the piano dominating the first part of the track. His vocals are similar to Peter Gabriel┤s of his Genesis era, majestic, but not oveblown. A faster part follows, with a tight rhytm section, dirty organ sound and and sax playing. The sound becomes even fluller with the instrumental passages dominated by saxophone and flute. The main melody returns with a wall of sound created by all the keyboards and saxes and the track concludes with creepy sounding organ. 5 stars

A plague of lighthouse keepers Again, the track is full of long, cmplicated vocal passages, which are eerie and also dramatic. After a weird piano and saxophone passage around the twelth minute the leading motif follows with majestic organ playing and lovely, relaxed vocals by Hammill, with subtle saxophone playing. Then a faster passage follows, with weird vocals from Hamll. After the climax of the vocal melody around the twentieth minute a blistering guitar solo from Robert Fripp comes., followed by a soaring atmospheric vocal conclusion. 5 stars

Overall rating: 5 STARS

ESSENTIAL: A MASTERPIECE OF PROGRESSIVE MUSIC.

Peto | 5/5 |

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