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PATIENCE

Peter Hammill

 

Eclectic Prog

3.62 | 98 ratings

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Peter Pan
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4 stars This is a review of the remastered edition of "Patience". I possess the vinyl LP since it was first released in 1983, had no reason to acquire the CD release of 1989 and now with the remastered CD have listened for the first time in 20 years to the whole album and witnessed the rough beauty of this work.Though it has to be said that this time remastering did not produce quite as polished results as the Van der Graaf Generator remasters did.

Patience is one of the albums of the "K" period in which Peter Hammill set up a group with the classical line-up of a beat band: two guitars, bass guitar, drums.

This production can be seen as influenced by New Wave. The remastering even more reveals its powerful and sometimes edgy rock accents. The K Group comprising of Peter Hammill (voc, g), John Ellis (g), Nic Potter (b) and Guy Evans (dr) sounds very compact, highly co-ordinated as a team, and in my opinion better than in the predecessor "Enter K". Some violin, synths, sax and pan-pipe over-dubs don't harm the energetic rock sound.

Eight songs, some calm, some upbeat, most of them great compositions, are perfectly ordered and guarantee versatility and even entertainment though they transport highly demanding lyrics.

Peter Hammill wrote some very concentrated thoughts about topics of modern personal life like the passing of a lifetime, the meaning of dreams, disease, or the ongoing changes of an affair. Lines are short and concise to fit into the rock scheme.

Every title being a gem on its own would deserve a full-blown review but the best songs of Patience are:

"A Labour of Love". Complex structured opener which discusses the fact that labour has to be invested to keep a love going on. I love the drums which open the song. I am no drummer but I think though it sounds easy this is hard to play.

"Still Good Friends". Melancholic reflection about the slow and imperceptible fading of an affair.

"Train time". Hard and rough, metallic. Lyrics with typical multiple meanings.

"More than Ever". It's rewarding listening closely the lyrics which try to sort out the meaning of dreams. Has a nearly psychedelic atmosphere that reminds me of dream sequences in some Hitchcock movies. Like so many other songs from Peter Hammill the lyrics are unique with literary quality.

"Patient". The title track gives an impression what capabilities Peter Hammill has. Highly structured music, ambitious lyrics and challenging breath-taking vocals. The K Band produces a nightmare before your very ears.

One of Peter Hammill's best solo albums.

Peter Pan | 4/5 |

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