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Van Der Graaf Generator


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3.51 | 451 ratings

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4 stars Well this is the 2nd release from the reformed VDGG but its the first without Jaxon on sax's. Of course this begs the question is this a real VDGG record or simply an exercise in making cash on the strength of the name with an eye to retirement ? I suspect the latter but this is a real VDGG record in its own way. Firstly the quility of the music is not as high as during the Bands Early glory days. In fact P.H.'s Albums have suffered from being produced at breakneck speed for many years now. However this record has a similar feel in places to world record, whilst many of the ideas are rehashed from P.H's many many solo lp's. I am not going to go through each track pointing out its forerunner in the catalogue I'll leave that to those who have considerable more time to spend on the project but the precursor tracks are often obvious. There is not one classic track here but there is also no howlers or utterly substandard ones either. The tracks in general are entertaining and the recorded sound is excellent. I like this record more than Present and its been played a great deal more than any PH record since Fire-ships so far. The extra space reveals just how important Hugh is to the sound and its his inclusion that finally convinces me that this record really belongs in the VDGG catalogue and not in the PH one. I'll not do a track by track run through as I believe records should be enjoyed as a whole or not at all. Trisector is certainly an album by an Lp band and it has a consistency and feel all of its own. In the end Jaxons departure has only dented VDGG not sunk it. I hope that this will not be the last shoat of this great band and that the next album will feature some stronger song writing, over wise this is a pretty good late period record and one that all VDGG fans will want and many none fans would enjoy. 4 stars..
burgersoft777 | 4/5 |


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