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Van Der Graaf Generator - H To He, Who Am The Only One CD (album) cover


Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.31 | 1474 ratings

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Dark Nazgul
5 stars The least they can do ... is another masterpiece!

After "The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other", this record is, again, another masterpiece. Compared with the previous album, the style is largely confirmed but the tone is more darker and gothic, and there is large space for experimental parts. Nic Potter has left the band, but there is the special guest Robert Fripp playing in one of the tracks, the excellent The Emperor In His War Room.

The historic members are in great form: the terrifying sound of Banton's Farfisa organ dominates the scene; Evans perfectly builds complex rhythmic variations; Jackson is great as usual with aggressive sax solos, but above all is the extraordinary voice of Peter Hammill, especially in the delicate piano ballad House With No Door and in the more intricate and experimental Lost, probably the best song of the album. In this track in particular, Hammill really reach an amazing level in terms of ability to interpret the vocal parts. The dramatic tone of the singer and the intensity of his interpretation makes Lost not only the most beautiful song on the album but perhaps the best of the career of VDGG. The aggressive opener Killer, is another highlight, with an experimental use of wind instruments by Jackson .

Only the long Pioneers Over c. (inspired by science fiction themes) despite an excellent organ introduction is sometimes a little monotonous, without prejudice, howewer, the high rating of the album, that shall be considered a timeless masterpiece of progressive rock.

My personal rating: 9 / 10. Five stars.

Best song: Lost

Dark Nazgul | 5/5 |


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