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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.49 | 1849 ratings

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4 stars Add another half star.

To be honest, I prefer Still Life to this album. Still, VDGG came back with a vengence on this album after a 4 year hiatus. It was only fairly recently that I purchased this album, when the latest remasters came out. However, I had heard it several times in the past. Like most VDGG albums, this has no weak tracks. The style is substantially different from the preceding albums, but it is unmistakeably VDGG (even putting aside the distinctive voice of Hammill). A great album, but no one I'm willing to call a masterpiece.

As to the Hammills singing, it is obviously a love it or hate it situation. I love it, for its rawness, dynamics, and undilluted emotion. But I can easily see how some people may never be able to take it. And for this second period of VDGG, while the music gets somewhat less frantic and chaotic, the vocals become even more harsh and biting. I think this is a good thing, but it certainly can take some getting used to for those more comfortable with singers like Jon Anderson or Greg Lake.

In any case, an outstanding album that I might even give 5 stars to if not for the fact that the following album would be even better. 4.5 stars without a doubt for this one though.

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