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THE FUTURE NOW

Peter Hammill

 

Eclectic Prog

3.50 | 219 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars The hide-and-seek play is still going on. Exit Potter and Evans, welcome back Jackson. Still, a bit of a drummer would have been welcome (IMHHO).

This period was a difficult one for Hammill and the band. As he said, the live album "Vital" was . vital for their future inclusion on the Charisma label, while even if as a solo artist no short-term threats were announced.

The tortured Hammill featured on the cover of this album, could have been an indication on its content. When "Over" expressed Peter's distress after his divorce, during "The Future Now" he is more dealing with third parties; although his personal implication is very much present.

Some attacks on the show-biz during "Pushing Thirty", average pessimism (or moderate optimism) in "The Second Hand", a warning sign for the short-lived glory of a rising star-life through "Trappings".

The first emotional moment is "The Mousetrap". The first melodic song of this album, not meaning that one is laughing his head off while listening to this number, but it is one of the most accessible (along with "If I Could") in the midst of some cacophony to come under the form of "Energy Vampires". The poorest one here IMO.

"Still In The Dark" is the last real song of this album IMO. Another delicate Hammill performance.

According Peter himself, the next three songs were more experimentations, I quote: "All came from sheer messing about with tapes and sounds, the songs themselves having to be found out of the assembled noise". I can only say that I don't like these assembled noises.

This album is my least favourite from Peter's repertoire so far. Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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