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Peter Hammill


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3.79 | 392 ratings

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4 stars "Good Morning Sunshine, You're All Around My Head"

Hammill's solo debut (well officially anyway) is a strange affair, certainly unlike any of the other solo or VdGG offerings it gives a lie to Hammill's reputation for dark and doomy depressive music (I can imagine prog heads running for the hills upon hearing Imperial Zeppelin and Sunshine) for some of this album is positively happy and sunny and la di da if you don't mind (it even has a happy song called Happy), but maybe listen more deeply to the aforementioned Zeppelin and you can sense a darker thread underneath the frivolity.

But fear not if you don't like happy music you can't deny the quality of songs on here, they are shorter prog lite, but tunes like Candle and Re-awkening are superb, and you can bawl your eyes till they're dry listening to the beautiful song Vision. Musically, perhaps some of the performances are naive in a way, but it adds to the charm of the album and certainly parts of it sound "of its time" and theres nothing wrong with that.

"The Seasons Roll On, And My Love Stays Strong" you said it Peter.

Gog/Magog | 4/5 |


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