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Peter Hammill


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3.74 | 118 ratings

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3 stars It is often difficult to apprehend a Hammill album. And the supporting members are not always an indication.

The band now has stabilized with Stuart and Dave providing their musical input to their friend. So many years together even if they didn't continuously worked with one other is a nice proof of confidence and prolonged complicity.

This long piece of music has its ups and downs; but I would say that the ups are clearly winning the battle. It is true that the first part (some eight minutes) is the most interesting one but as with most of the long epics, it is almost impossible to avoid some weaker moments.

The global feeling is that the Graaf is back for most of this work; and this can only please me. I would have prefer Jackson a bit more on the forefront; the keys influence is too evident but after it is a PH album.

At times, the listener is brought back in time (the early seventies): "Cretans Always Lie" followed by "All Greek" without transition and little to no mood difference are a good example of the complexity of the Graaf; this was not precisely available on other PH albums.

The intensity of the work falls a down after mid-time and it could have been shortened a bit IMO. This is causing one star to be cut off my rating which is three stars.

Still, the "Gone Ahead" section is superb. This is Hammill at his best. A tranquil and relaxed singing, subtle violin. I only miss some fine fluting to complete the picture. It is the most emotional part of this long musical piece. The concept is also interesting to me (I learned languages) since it is all about communication.

A good Hammill effort I would say.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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