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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 | 1482 ratings

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5 stars well I'm giving this a five. These guys are the most creative and unique band ever, I think, although that doesn't make them the best. They are very good though, and this album proves it. All the songs are about equally good, and so the album is consistently good with very very few weak spots.

It starts off with the kind of jazz rock of Killer, it's not exactly jazz though, listen to it on here if you want. Great great song, great vocals and sax, and great lyrics about the loneliness of being a... killer shark?! Cool, I know. ALso, never before has a sax sounded so good.

House with No Door is a sad sounding emotional piano/flute ballad similar to Refugees, the melody is sad but nice to hear, and the chorus is good. It's pretty much the same thing for 6 minutes though, so maybe that is a minor flaw.

The Emperor in his War Room is a very good song, with great lyrics and cool flute playing, some really cool riffs and melodies here, very dark, brooding scary stuff: sometimes soft, sometimes heavier. Awesome guit solo from Fripp himself about halfway through, very cool. Love the organs too. All in all a great song.

Lost is a great song, starts out with a fluttery flute melody, reminsicent of the "Dark world Village" music from Zelda: A link to the Past, and being a huge fan of that game, this brought a smile to my face. This has some cheerful upbeat melodies, some darker emotional melodies, and some strange dark mideastern-esque melodies. The second half is undoubtedly better, featuring very epic melodies and riffs near the end. Cool Cool song.

Pioneers Over C. is a really cool song. It has several different melodies, a couple of which are almost typical classic rock stuff with a VdGG twist, then there's a really emotional spacy melody, and a couple of mideastern kind of spacy melodies, and they all blend together quite well, showing VdGG's creativity and uniqueness. This is a cool spacy song, about outer space, and I love the title. The unnacompanied sax solo about halfway through is a little annoying, mostly because it doesn't amount to anything, and the ending is similar to the ending of 21st Century Schizoid Man, all caucophonous jazz noodling going crazy, and its kind of annoying, I think a more epic ending would be fitting to such a song and album, but ah well, its still good.

So here we have five solidly great songs, very few weak spots, great singing and playing all around. This is strange music at times though, beware. But as prog is all about being anything but safe, I think this deserves the full 5 stars.

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