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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

3.28 | 622 ratings

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2 stars Well, we all have to make a debut.....

The VDGG debut from 1969 did not exactly set the world alight when it was released and it also fail to live up to the VDGG trademark forty years later to.

The Aerosol Grey Machine has all the typical traits of a debut album. Various ideas is tested out. Most of the ideas on The Aerosol Grey Machine falls flat on their face. The music is a mix of David Bowie, space rock, The Nice, The Beatles, heavy rock and what later VDGG developed into. The vocals of Peter Hammel is there and he later used this operatic type vocals with great effect on the next successful albums.

The main problem with The Aerosol Grey Machine though is the lack of any really good tracks. The quality of the songs are simply featureless and pretty dull. Ten listening sessions and Peter Hammel's vocals is the only thing I remember from The Aerosol Grey Machine.

In short; there is no quality here. Thankfully, VDGG improved and became one of the best progressive rock bands ever. But The Aerosol Grey Machine is for collectors and collectors only.

2 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |


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