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Peter Hammill


Eclectic Prog

3.79 | 392 ratings

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Marty McFly
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4 stars Pleased, that's what I'm. Very much, to be exact. I suppose that a lot of people here wonders what's better, if his work with VDGG, or his solo effort(s). That's quite a black&white point of view. What about simply answer: "both is better" (when compared to certain other bands, I rather wouldn't name them).

Imperial Zeppelin is good start of even better album, but there's one thing I'll never accept. First ten seconds, which are terrible music experience. But these "ten seconds of horror" aren't good example of how this album sounds like, more like song Happy, which reminds me "Godbluff" (keyboards), bringing new classical feeling (eh, I hear "Beggars Opera" here). Solitude, typical VDGG song, but with harmonica, which reminds country/folk feelings done in prog way (oh my dear lord, having country prog, that's, that's exciting). And not bad one though. Important thing here is that it's album for everyone, no crazy things with Pete(r) Hammill's voice.

But, there's a word "but", I can't give 5, nor clean 4. I'll give

4(-), because not only songs are short (that alone wouldn't be so big problem, even he can't have songs build so through this way. You need minutes to prove something and longest track here has 4:43), but also they sounds like pop. VDGG influence (indeed) is here, but also pop and this combination is quite weird.

Marty McFly | 4/5 |


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