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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.29 | 1441 ratings

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5 stars VdGGs best album!

Why? The answer is consistensy. While a few other albums of VdGG have high points even higher than the ones on this album, no other album is as consistently good throughout as Still Life. Not a single weak song.

The album starts of with "Pilgrims". This track starts up quietly, and slowly builds during the entire song, into a magnificent crescendo. A powerful song. "Still Life" comes next. A haunting song. Starts off with almost nothing but Peter Hammills vocals. And what a vocal performance it is! Great mood! It then gets a little rockier, and finally slows down at the end. Another great track. "La Rossa" is a quite long and varied rocker. Good song also. "My Room" is a VdGG song of the gentler kind. One of their best actually. David Jacksons sax is simply breathtaking on this one. The only complaint with this song (and the album altogether) is that the ending of the song is too longwinded. It's just the same melody repeating itself and fading for a couple of minutes. Could have been two minutes shorter. This minor flaw is not enough to dent the album though. If you grow bored you can always hit the 'skip' button, and this is no bad thing, as it takes you more quickly to "Childlike Faith in Childhood's End", the epic of the album. This song is just great. Very dramatic (if you don't like drama, steer clear, but then again, maybe you wouldn't listen to VdGG in the first place). The song is very dynamic, and the ending is glorious.

This is the VdGG album I always return too. I'm priviliged to have heard this album. If you like VdGG, this is a must!

Masterpiece: 5 stars!

Malex | 5/5 |


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