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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

3.61 | 497 ratings

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3 stars Probably one of the most anticiapted reunions in years but could VDGG live up to their legacy?

Consisting of two discs, the first containing six songs all around the six minute mark and the second is ten jams. My first thought would be that although interesting to hear these jams, maybe they should have developed a few of them into songs and added them to disc one. The second disc is not something I will play that often.

Moving onto the first disc, by todays standards it's a little on the short side being more like the length of a traditional vinyl album. But that's no bad thing if the quality is there right? Of course some of the best Prog releases are this length.

Listening to opener "Every Bloody Emperor" you'd think they'd never been away. This is classic VDGG and Hamill is in fine voice. Next up we have "Boleas Panic" which is an instrumetal and although perfectly listenable it doesn't really go anywhere. For me album highlight is the absolutely brillaint "Nutter Alert" which is the equal of much of their seventies output. "Abandon Ship" and "In Babelsberg" are both worthy aditions but fall short of being classic VDGG by some way.

Final track "On the Beach" is a bit of a let down and with the exception of "Boleas Panic" is the weakest song on the first disc.

So overall, great to have them back but in general not up there with classic VDGG. However, "Every Bloody Emperor" and "Nutter Alert" proves they're still capable of greatness and I'll look forward to the next release.

Nightfly | 3/5 |


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