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THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE

Peter Hammill

 

Eclectic Prog

4.36 | 553 ratings

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5 stars PETER HAMMILL - THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMTPY STAGE

This is my first ever review on progarchives and I am not (yet) sure about my critique-writing skills.

The Silent Corner is one of the three Hammill's solo albums I've heard to this day (the other two are Fool's Mate and Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night). Peter has made another step forward compared to Chameleon, and Silent Corner is nothing less than a prog-rock masterpiece. It can easily be compared with the greatest VDGG masterpieces (H to He, Pawn Hearts, Godbluff and Still Life). His companions Hugh Banton, Guy Evans and David Jackson also have to be mentioned, because they play a very important role on this album.

There are seven songs on the album and every single one is at least good. Modern and Red Shift are probably the two most experimental pieces of the album. Wilhelmina, Forsaken Gardens and Rubicon are all beautiful songs with epic elements, great lyrics and (as always) magnificent singing by Peter. The Lie is in my opinion the second best track of the album. Peter's singing suits the lyrics so incredibly well that it has to be heard to be believed. And without a doubt the greatest song of The Silent Corner is the epic 12-minute long masterpiece, A Louse is not a Home, probably the best song about schizophrenia ever. The complexity and variety of emotions on this track are crazy and Peter's voice is at its absolute peak.

To sum up, The Silent Corner is an almost perfect album. It presents Hammil's art in the best possible way and is therefore a must-have for anyone who appreciates VDGG and/or Pete Hammill. And for anyone who doesn't know them yet, but loves progressive music and is ready to try something new.

Link28 | 5/5 |

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