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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.31 | 1482 ratings

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4 stars Another beautifull offering from VDGG, the title H to He, Who Am the Only One would suggest a fusion album, but in fact it's dark gothic symphonic rock, with pulsing rhythms, and indeed a little jazzy fusion element interwoven through the music. intense symphonic music carried by amazing organ, great sax, good lyrics and great emotional singing make up this great album.

The album starts with the for me VDGG signature song Killer a great opus about dead in the sea (sharks as solitary creatures in an immense ocean, symbolism in Peter's lyrics are always present and often quit strong). Very strong melody's and great singing, just great. Next in line we have House With No Door Again there's a lyrical symbolism about solitary and isolation from individuals in relation to others (The album title does bare some relevance to the lyrical content) a beautifull soft symphonic song with great vocals and nice piano works.

The Emperor In His War-Room A two part suite with very strong dark melody's, slow build up and intense atmosphere. Lost starts the second part of the album, great melody, some melancholic parts between more intense and fabulous organ/sax parts, I really like the part at 3:00 minutes, with some good sax in a speeding melody. Great track. Finally we come to Pioneers Over C A futuristic space epic, again about being lost and emotionally detached from humanity, a somber and yet surprisingly uplifting song.

For me this is classic VDGG stuff, and a great listening experience. 4,5 stars with a recomendation for all who enjoy dark heavy music, or emotional content, it's all there.

tuxon | 4/5 |


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