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NONE OF THE ABOVE

Peter Hammill

 

Eclectic Prog

2.61 | 45 ratings

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Peter Pan
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3 stars This is no "progressive" and no easy "pop" music. You would come close to a description if you called it "Eight songs by a contemporary artist". A live performance would be called a "Liederabend" here in Germany.

"None of the Above" belongs to a set of three albums Peter Hammill recorded around the millenium "None of the Above" (2000) is more accessible as "This" (1998, its predecessor) and "What, now?" (2001, its successor) but not as thrilling as "X my Heart" (1996) or "Everyone you hold" (1997). Maybe Peter Hammill was so involved in the sessions of remastering the VDGG songs for "The Box" (2000) that at the time not all of his musical capabilites were flowing into his solo productions?

Still this album contains interesting songs. The first seven ones all have the same topic. A human being comes to an end of a phase in his life - in very different circumstances. And the eighth song ("Astart") says: every end can be a new start. The mood of the album is rather sad and calm - suiting the theme. You might hear it in a quiet hour.

Instrumentation is harmonic and well worked out - dominated by guitars (more as a "colour-wash" here as PH said), keyboards and in some cases strings and choir. With minor contributions of fellow musicians all instruments are played by PH.

Personally I find "Naming the rose" the most touching of the songs. It is about a gardener who names his last creation - a beautiful damask rose - after his wife which died on the very day the best blossom opened. The rose breeder fertilizes the seeds of the variety with the ashes of his wife. So the couple that had no children both lived on in the new rose. No "kitsch", Peter's vocals are very touching with a sweet and fragile sounding voice, very carefully instrumented - and Peter proves that he even knows the vocabulary of rose gardening. Some of the varieties he mentions grow in my garden!

Paul Rideout has once again designed a beautiful congenial booklet. Each double page shows a washed-out photo presenting a stair or ladder ending into nowhere or against a bricked entrance or upon a empty floor with black garbage bags staying around. Only the last double page for the song "Astart" shows busy people on an elevator rolling into some kind of shop scene. -

An essential addition to any PH collection.

Peter Pan | 3/5 |

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