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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.29 | 1366 ratings

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5 stars The follow up to the amazing comback album Godbluff and what an follow up to that masterpiece, this yust as good and mayby even beter. It starts of with the awsome Pilgrims it feautures realy amazing organ work from Banton yust like the whole album, as some peopel have pointed out the Godbluff album was a showcase for Jackson and his amazing sax and this album is a real gem for organ fans caus Banton got many shining moments, the song allso has an chorus that has been described as sounding like sunlight bursting through dark clouds, have to agree with that and it was for a long time my favorit tune on the album, the next song is probobly the darkest on the album and its the title song starts of realy downbeat then comes in a rocking organ riff and hammill sound realy angry on this one. La rossa is the hardest rocking song on the album and probobly the hardest rocking song VdGG ever recorded it starts off rocking and then yust builds up to a real monster track the ending alsmot blows off my head every time and there is not even any guitrars but the sax and organ is so heavy its unbeliveble a highlight amongs highlights on the album, after that brain melting thunderstorm we get a calm ballad typ of song My Room (Waiting for Wonderland) with sweet sax palying form Jackson and beautiful sining from Hammill, manys favorite song on the album i have read and its sure is nice but hard to pick a best song on this album realy, the closing song is a epic ending to the album, Childlike Faith in Childhood's End starts of very calm yust like the last song but goes trough many diffrent tempo changes and twists the most proggy song on the album, and a grand final. My 2005 remastered album got 1 bonus track Gog magog and its 100% darker and scarier then the originla version from the PH solo album "In Camera" i found myself even skiping it sometimes becuas hammill screams like a mad man but if your in the mood and if you like growling type of sining you will sure like this sometimes i like to hear it sometimes it yust gets to much for me. Anyway 5 stars for this masterpice of prog if your a Hammill/VdGG fan this is a must if your not mayby this isent the best place to start (I recomend The least we can do is weave to eachoters as the VdGG album for newbies to start with) but if you give it some time you will soner or later see its greatness.
Zargus | 5/5 |


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