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THIN AIR

Peter Hammill

 

Eclectic Prog

3.24 | 76 ratings

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Rune2000
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3 stars It's been almost 3 years since the last Peter Hammill solo album. This can be considered a long time since Peter has been highly prolific releasing more than 35 albums over a course of 38 years! Now that time has started to wear him down the output has been less consistent, but what about the quality?

Granted that Peter Hammill is a lyrical genius he hasn't always succeeded in transforming his words into engaging musical contexts. In my opinion this album partially falls a victim of just that. Today it is more interesting than ever to receive advice from a man who has collected a great deal of wisdom over the course of his life and who is keen on sharing it with everyone who is interested. Unfortunately many of the compositions supporting the lyrics lack the intensity and atmosphere that is embedded inside the words. There are only a few ideas that manage to manifest themselves into songs that one will want to hear again and again. The perfect example of that is the stand out track Undone where the music truly captures the power of the amazing lyrics.

Thin Air might not be a career highlight but I'm just glad that Peter is still recording new material which is something that we must not take for granted!

***** star songs: Undone (4:25)

**** star songs: The Mercy (6:21) Stumbled (4:48) The Top Of The World Club (7:03)

*** star songs: Your Face On The Street (5:21) Wrong Way Round (2:40) Ghosts Of Planes (5:23) If We Must Part Like This (4:38) Diminished (6:11)

Total rating: 3,58

Rune2000 | 3/5 |

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