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Peter Hammill


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3.67 | 193 ratings

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2 stars While it may be true that Peter Hammill projected punk attitudes, if not subject matter, prior to the punk movement, by the time of "ph7", he was more follower than leader. He's like the interesting fellow that you meet on a hike who possesses insightful opinions about almost every subject, but by the end of the day you have had enough, and you therefore have become exactly the sort of person he rails on about.

.The best songs here are those where he takes a more measured approach that is nonetheless equally incisive. Unfortunately these highlights are few, the best being "Handicap and Equality", as much for its pre-politically correct terminology as for its blunt tenderness and "Time for a Change". For every one of these are 2 or 3 others which remind me how his voice is like a pickle - one hits the spot but then the rest of the jar languishes in the fridge for months.

Not to take anything away from Hammill's skills as songwriter, but musically I rate this so low that, with few exceptions, I care not a whit what he is trying to say. It's all too caustic and acidic for me, even without taking the subject matter into account, and that's saying something.

kenethlevine | 2/5 |


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