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Van Der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts CD (album) cover


Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.42 | 1961 ratings

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5 stars All things are [a]part.

Perhaps one of the oddest albums a prog fan is likely to have, Pawn Hearts pushes the limits and far beyond in one of the most challenging albums I've heard. Do not expect to understand any of this after one listen, as I still don't get it fully after several hundred. This album asks us questions and is one of the most progressive pieces of works, showing us beauty in shrouds of dark and gloom, which is what this album appears as on the surface. Certainly more challenging than their prog friends like Pink Floyd, and in some ways making Floyd look childish.

Many prog fans are disturbed by Hammill's vocals, however, due to the nature of this album, I don't see who else could replace him and the vibe he gives off with the music. It's breath taking really, the tension and power found in every quirky note and shriek by Hammill. He fits perfectly on this album. Not a minute is wasted on this album. Every movement has an important fit to it, well crafted between beautiful piano passages and wonderful guitar play from guest Fripp. An absolutely stunning gem, one that overshadows many of their prog companions. Certainly not for the faint of heart.

If you are looking for art pushed to the limit, look no further than VDGG's Pawn Hearts. An outstanding album, and easily one of the best and most unconventional of the early 70's, as well as having the first "epic". Those bored with the dullness of the "popular" prog may find solace here, in the dark world of VDGG.

OpethGuitarist | 5/5 |


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