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GODBLUFF

Van Der Graaf Generator

 

Eclectic Prog

4.50 | 1320 ratings

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aapatsos
Special Collaborator
Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams
5 stars Perfection in madness

Let me start by saying that, from a VDGG 'newbie's' point of view, GODBLUFF is an accessible album. I personally discovered VDGG from a few samples here in PA. As it usually happens in this cases, you visit a record store and - oh, what a surprise! - a record with the name GODBLUFF appears in front of you. You then remember those interesting samples and decide to give it a go.

As most has been said about this record, I will briefly provide my two cents. GODBLUFF consists of four relatively long compositions which flow in slow to medium tempo. The presence of sax, flute and organ give the album this distinct touch that puts VDGG on a genre of its own. The strange, eclectic voice of Peter Hammill (irritating or even prohibitive for some) also adds to the unparalleled character of this album. Although GODBLUFF does not consist of extremely complex compositions and virtuosic solos, it radiates a feeling of maturity, patience and self-awareness.

The elements that help rank this album high in my books are the striking melodies (although set in a mad, bizarre fashion), the overall heaviness in the sound and the obscure atmosphere. Saying that, there are moments where the music turns into jazz, fusion or funk which surprisingly changes the odds. The highlights and memorable moments are numerous, starting from the use of the instruments to produce novel melodies to whole tracks of monumental quality. Personally I feel that the main theme of Arrow is the most memorable moment with Scorched Earth being the least observable, but not lacking in quality whatsoever.

In terms of composition in overall, The Undercover Man and Sleepwalkers seem to be the most complete. The opening track flows in a relatively relaxed tempo while the closing builds up as it progresses with fantastic saxophone work.

To sum up briefly, GODBLUFF is one of those few eclectic progressive albums that can be classified as masterpieces. I could unreservedly recommend it to all prog fans and particularly to friends of heavy and dark prog rock and metal.

aapatsos | 5/5 |

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