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Peter Hammill


Eclectic Prog

3.75 | 147 ratings

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3 stars Another review-less pH gem...This would get easily 4 stars, if it wasn't for the prog-factor, no, sorry to disappoint, this is not prog in the conventional sense, it's not conventional Rock/Pop either, but in my understanding of progession in Rock or music herself this should qualify for an addition. The opener 'Paradox Drive' is indeed a straight forward 'rocker', but never boring or without imagination, indeed the Rock-Party gets a good-look-at: "I've checked the twenty-four hours, I've done the stay-up-all-night, in a certain way that's power but it's not wired up right". 'Accidents' is a heavy keyboard track and so full of sharpness, the guys from Depeche Mode would wet their pants to. "He's raising his sense of occasion to the limit", yes, Hammill is just doing that in 'The Great Experiment' and yes, he rocks again. The listener gets a respite with 'Don't tell me', but does he? Read the lyrics (always read the lyrics when you listen to pH) and you find that this apparent love song is anything but. Come the 'Happy Hour' we might not be that happy anymore (psyche-wise that is), but it's a towering track, where the soring guitars take over the keyboard part (there none on this one!), and hey, there's even a spanish sounding part - Hammill gone Worldmusic? Far from it. "I've rehearsed it so I carry on until I wind up on the floor"...the floor is miles away from pH on the track, so don't worry: "My friends at the bar...they'll toast me on my way to the underground". Indeed, Peter, we still toast you, on your way to a most brilliant covery! (For all you you not in the know, Hammill had a heart-attack last Xmas but is performing again...The Man just won't lie down!)
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