Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Peter Hammill - The Future Now CD (album) cover


Peter Hammill


Eclectic Prog

3.51 | 239 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Prog Reviewer
3 stars 'The Future Now' is a real mixed-bag, coming at a time when Peter Hammill was freshly free of Van Der Graff Generator for, literally, decades to come.

The album starts with some discomfort, tuneless talk-singing leading "Pushing Thirty", "The Second Hand" and "Trappings" (the first two sounding like hangovers from 'Nadir's Big Chance'). But then things get a bit odd. "The Mousetrap (Caught In)" is built on an emotional, quiet, introspective vocal line, but the keyboard sounds zooming in and around it are rather unsettling and counter the gorgeous vocals well. This segues into the frantic, paranoid and cynical "Energy Vampires", with some nails- on-chalkboard violin from Graham Smith under an edgy, hyper bass line.

The rest of the album volleys between stark, emotionally heavy balladeering ("If I Could", "Still In The Dark"), engaging openness and honesty ("The Future Now", "Palinurus (Castaway)") and utterly strange experimental songs ("A Motor-bike In Afrika", "Mediaeval", "The Cut"). Clearly an album with plenty of depth, but not all the songs impress. I find the more experimental tracks the most interesting and compelling. Certainly one for all Hammill fans, there's enough good stuff to warrant a purchase, but I would never suggest the curious Hammill newcomer start here. It's just too erratic, and only the most initiated P.H. fans will get it right away.

slipperman | 3/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this PETER HAMMILL review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.