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H TO HE, WHO AM THE ONLY ONE

Van Der Graaf Generator

 

Eclectic Prog

4.30 | 1073 ratings

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EatThatPhonebook
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5 stars 10/10

"H To He Who am The Only One" is one of the best prog albums ever made.

It's a shame that this album was always behind the shadow of the great masterpieces of VDGG, like "Pawn Hearts" and "Godbluff". This is the band's first real masterpiece, dense of all the elements that make them so unique sounding. In fact, I might prefer this album to Pawn Hearts. The style is typical Eclectic prog style: very present sax and flute, pretty heavy sounding organ, jazz influences, as well as classical ones.

The opener is the sublime "Killer", one of Hammill's best creations, with an effective melody and with an impressive wall of sound. The song structure is impressive as well. One of the best eclectic prog songs ever. if the previous track was one of the band's best fierce and powerful songs, "House with No Door" is most definitely one of their best ballads. Once again Hammill's voice is stunning in it's beauty and delicacy. Such a fine piece of MUSIC. "The Emperor in His War Room" is another masterpiece, that alternates calm and suspended moments with the aggressive organ in the chorus. This is so far the most complex song. "Lost", though is even more complex. Another masterpiece, of course, of the same strong impact as the previous track, but it's a lot longer (it arrives to eleven minutes) "Pioneers Over C." is the final track, the greatest maybe. Twelve minutes of what VDGG really wants to do: create some original music keeping at the same time some nice and hearable melodies.

One of the best prog albums ever made. I recommend to whoever is a fan of the genre, or whoever is into Art Rock.

EatThatPhonebook | 5/5 |

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