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Van Der Graaf Generator - The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other CD (album) cover


Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.05 | 940 ratings

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3 stars --- 3,5 stars really

The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other sees the entering of David Jackson to the band, and his Sax and flute melody's greatly contributed to the sound of VDGG, together with Hugh Banton's organ works the foundation for the VDGG sound was layed. Nic Potter adds some very good bass to the mix and Guy Evans drumming is quit strong (I liked him better on later releases). Naturally Peter Hammill is irreplacable, his dark lyrics and strong emotive singing comes out very strong and beautifull at moments. For me this album marks the beginning of a string of good VDGG albums.

And now concerning the individual songs of this good album: Darkness (11/11)A great opening of the album, the song is very slow, but the intensity of the bass, sax and organ give it a very powerfull sound. Refugees A beautifull dark melancholic song, great melody's and a haunting gloomy atmosphere. Peter's voice shines on this track, and the symphonic background with some nice flutes and great organ works makes this one of my favourite slow VDGG songs. White Hammer An intense dark song about the Spanish Inquisition after setting of the stage and story with dark gloomy lyrics and according music the song turns heavier with throbing bass and increasingly powerfull saxophone and organ music. The final two minutes are really great, and slightly disturbing.

Whatever Would Robert Have Said?, and Out Of My Book are two lighter songs that focus more on the lighter side of music, with more focus on shorter melody's and less dense than the rest of the album. Nice tunes, but not as good as the rest of the album. After The FloodThe highlight of the album I think, with great organ, sax and some flute melody's, Intense and heavy symphonic structure, with nice changes in tempo. Peter's voice is incredible and his phrasing is unsurpassed at moments.

In conclusion I can recommend this album to all who enjoy VDGG and dark music in general. It isn't VDGG's best album, but it's a good one and that should be reason enough to get it. I'll leave the rating at three, but I could've easily opted for a four star rating. Enjoy.

tuxon | 3/5 |


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