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Poll Question: What do you think of Peter Hammill's vocals?
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    Posted: February 08 2013 at 19:04
For me personally I think PH is great. Maybe not technically the greatest singer but he's just so full of raw emotion and passion and intensity that it makes up for any technical flaw he might have. I still don't get it when many people say he's bad or he sucks. Same thing when people say Carl Palmer can't keep time. I just don't hear it.
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Raw emotion, passion, intensity - his range and tone are limitless.  He is my favourite singer of all time.  So very human, and the music he composes is beyond the beyond........AMAZING.  Actually, on the album 'A Grounding In Numbers' he does an incredible job - considering his age.  The song 'Highly Strung' is a pure classic.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sumdeus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2013 at 19:22
definitely one of prog's best when it comes to vocal ability.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2013 at 19:40
Originally posted by Sumdeus

definitely one of prog's best when it comes to vocal ability.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote pfloyd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2013 at 19:53
it took me a long time to like him, but now i think he is one of the best, next to gabriel and lake. so much passion in his vocals. 
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Definitely one of my top 3 singers.
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I've never heard this Peter Hamill fellow.


no not really but I liked that option because I have no real opinion of his voice.
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He's the kind of guy that can totally carry a song.  I didn't like him as much at first but it was an acquired taste.  The skill with which he delivers the vocal, wrenching out all the nuance and meaning he can, it's must be physically draining.  It's his personality that's the one thing I like most about VdGG; and maybe unsurprisingly, I actually prefer his solo albums to his band albums because his personality shines through even more on those.
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My favorite vocalist and band leader of all time, no questions asked. His voice has such power and depth of emotion. The outstandingly dark material he wrote and the fervor with which he delivered it from album to album, year to year, is truly a benchmark for prog. I can't praise his voice or music enough.

Sure some people may not like it, but the beauty of it is the fact that it always elicits a strong reaction in the listener. It forces you to have an opinion. I believe the worst thing that could befall an artist is people having total indifference to their material. If that happens, they're totally forgotten. This will never happen to Hammill, nor should it.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote rogerthat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2013 at 21:35
I really respect the passion that he pours into his singing but the way the emotions come out don't appeal to me.  It sounds far too dramatized and overwrought to me, the farthest thing from raw for me. 
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Originally posted by Tom Ozric

Raw emotion, passion, intensity - his range and tone are limitless.  He is my favourite singer of all time.  So very human, and the music he composes is beyond the beyond........AMAZING.  Actually, on the album 'A Grounding In Numbers' he does an incredible job - considering his age.  The song 'Highly Strung' is a pure classic.

Not much favorite of all time, but pretty much this. 
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Hammill's singing is incredible.  It's the range, mostly - range and expressiveness.  He can croon, he can howl, he can whisper, he can wail, all while retaining that air of sophistication and passion that marks VdGG's unusual music.  But like the band itself, the man's voice is an acquired taste.
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I like his singing very much it doesn't bother me as long as he is real Thumbs Up
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I find his singing so mannered, I think it fits perfectly what he does, I just can't listen to it for very long.
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I love Hammill's vocal range and theatricality. I think Fish sounded much more like Hammill than Peter Gabriel.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote m2thek Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2013 at 00:49
Sometimes he's off and I don't care for it, but sh*t, when he's on, he's sooooooooo good.
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The I like his passion but not so much his voice option.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sumdeus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2013 at 02:56
I think it's the really theatrical and dramatic delivery that turns some people off
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Post Options Post Options   Quote smartpatrol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2013 at 02:59
Not my favorite voice in the world but it fits
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