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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.43 | 2224 ratings

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4 stars Pawn Hearts holds only 3 long tracks, on the european version i'we got.

Those few long tracks, can sometimes be an boring obsession of prog. artists, but with Pawn Hearts the format works out perfectly. Every track becomes a "symphony for Sax and Orchestra". Not that this is typical symphonic prog., as genre it could be descriped as dark prog. rock. with a Jazz touch.

Those long setup's perfectly mixed, between quiet parts of beauty and heavier upbeat parts. Also the album as hole, very well balanced, realy comes out as a unit.

Arrangements are very Sax driven, on a foundation of organ/piano and Great drumming. Amasing how complex it seems, and how well it works without the dectinct Bass and Guitar playing, expected in a Rock setup. Robert Fripp (King Crimson) does appear's on Guitar, but not affecting the overall picture that much.

Vocals from Hammill as allways an important part of the full picture, and as allways they are sometimes a bit Theatrical, but on this album, that is not a major problem, on most parts he is dooing a great job.

Saxophones Keybords & Drums, together does a stunning job on the album, only thing I do miss, is a great bass player, that would lift this to new highs.

Im not able to pinpoint why im not rating the album, a 5 star, but something is missing from lifting it up to my top 50 (or so), prog albums. Think its just a matter of my personal taste.

It is a great album, and everyone should defenitely give it a go.

tamijo | 4/5 |


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