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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

3.51 | 457 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars The first time I heard the opening track on this album I was really disappointed. I remember thinking "This is VDGG ?" I still don't like it even after many listens. Heck I don't even like the title of this song. Haha. It's called "The Hurlyburly" and it's the only instrumental on here.The beat kicks in after a minute, and it's really commercial sounding. More of that to come. "Interference Patterns" sounds more like the VDGG I know. Lots of organ in this one with vocals coming in before a minute. "The Final Reel" is a top three song for me on this record. Piano leads the way in this mellow tune with vocals and organ after a minute. "Lifetime" has this steady beat throughout with organ and bass supporting. A good reflective track. Great lyrics on this one. "Drop Dead" is the other commercial sounding song on here. I cannot stand this one. It's the kind of song that plays in your head and drives you crazy. Even the lyrics are brutal. Organ leads the way.

"Only In A Whisper" opens with some atmosphere as vocals come in almost whispering. It does build to a fuller sound. It's ok. "All That Before" is another of the top three song for me. Uptempo with organ and some humerous lyrics about getting old. There's even some heaviness a minute in. "Over The Hill" is the song for me that recalls the VDGG of old. Some heavy lyrics here too. Organ opens the proceedings as reserved vocals come in. The tempo picks up after 4 minutes before settling again. The organ rips it up after 8 minutes as the sound builds. It calms back down 11 minutes in to end it. "(We Are) Not Here" has a fairly heavy soundscape with piano and organ leading the way. I like this one a lot. The song ends as the album began.

Take away the two songs I dislike and this is a solid 4 star album. Lots to like here anyway. Good record.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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