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Peter Hammill


Eclectic Prog

3.43 | 89 ratings

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4 stars I am writing this in 2004, because i just made a bad review of Incoherence and for me THIS is the last great album of Peter ...We all know by now that this is the 40th album on his 50th year after 30 years of career. This seemed to inspired him. No surprise that THIS is from the lasts albums the most played live! So here it is again cut by cut the horrible job of criticism( let's not writ this word correctly) It starts with voices that sets a quiet mood but soon in UNREHEARSED it becomes a lot more heavy and interesting! Jaxon plays saxes and flutes, the middle part is just a bit too long ( around the 5th minute) then it ends with :this is the real thing! You believe him STUPID sounds like a sequel of WHAT I DID from Sitting targets. The voice starts with a shout that's remind me of some Hammill singing on Fripp's Exposure! The riff is good, Jaxon is funny and tense.Eveything seems to come a bit in slow motion in this cut! Just like when we slowly realise that we did something stupid! A really good cut! SINCE THE KIDS starts by 2 or 3 chords bashed on the piano! Is it the anger of the father? Then quietness and peacefull singing, the voices are overdubbed in an economic and efficient way! Nothings prepare you to be a parent Hammill sings and the piano is minimalist almost japaneese mood that reflects the sadness of the lines: WHAT YOU WANTED WHAT I COULDN'T GIVE. Very touching, very true , so perfect. . THIS IS REAL he sings again. The pain is just a little more controll and sober than AUTUMN on OVER and in fact no wonder that Peter played those 2 songs together in Quebec city on his last North American tour. NIGHTMAN starts with beautifull guitar, something spanish is floating in the air. The violin follows the voice.The duo of guitars and violin is really inspire here and they fall in a Danse Macabre that is hypnotizing! Jaxon enters and we touch the stars!The most powerfull cut in a long time for Peter! FALLEN(THE CITY OF NIGHT) starts with beautifull singing and piano, guitar, violin, very thight, very beautifull : All the fences overblown and the next lines are so amazingly sings , it becomes hard and tense and soft again..evrything is alternate with so much perfection and sensitivity that my whole body is crying and i cried the first time i heard it! Only hammill, Wyatt and Phillips(long time ago) reached that point for me! 42 seconds of a beautifull violin after the anguish ends of FALLEN! Then ALWAYS IS NEXT that sounds of an outake from Foreign town!But more Powerfull,it reaches madness in an uncalculate way! Old Man Delirium! Then the LIGHT CONTINENT. A definitely new world for Peter! New explorations! Hypnotizing again our souls! With fripp and Eno moods and floating voices that brings you to the south pole from the start till the end of the cut! Red blood on an iceberg! All the fears.... Here is all the talent of and old excentric British guy!THIS is really a fascinating mirror of an exceptionnal talent! Good old wine (for those who drinks, i stopped that long time ago) THIS is the real thing!
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