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PAWN HEARTS

Van Der Graaf Generator

 

Eclectic Prog

4.42 | 1457 ratings

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5 stars Like a dog in the night, i run through a manger, now i am the stranger i stay in.

I mean seriously, who writes stuff like that! Peter Hammil apparently. This is to me VDGG in their finest hour, even though there would be really great hours yet to come. The first two tracks on the album are fine listening, with Man-Erg to me being slightly more compelling. But then there is VDGGs Mona Liza, Ninth Symphony, Requiem; Plauge of Lighthouse Keepers.

My god this track takes my breath away everytime. I'm a huge Genesis and Yes fan but this track blows Supper's Ready and Close to the Edge out of the water. This track gets better everytime i hear it. It's so fantastic that my fingers shake when i write this review. Jacksons Sax is absolutley key here, Hammils voice is mystical and dark like the voice of a god. Evans drumming is exretmely tasty also. The organ riffs are like from a dream. All this in a track that has like 8 modulations and lyrics like: "Only life i feel at all, is the presence of the night", "Only to think what might have been, locked in silent monologue, in silent scream", and "What is freedom of choice, Where do i stand in the pagentry, whose is my voice?" Absolutley mindblowing stuff.

As an album Pawn Hearts probably shouldn't compete with consistent albums like Close to the Edge or Foxtrot. But man, is Plauge of Lighthouse Keepers something to listen to. I have to give this album 5 stars because Plauge is the best track ever written. NOTHING will ever top the musicianship, lyrics and composition of this track in the terms of prog rock.

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