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Peter Hammill


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3.79 | 392 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 Stars actually

Peter Hammill's solo releases are always a good thing to purchase because they are musically and emotionally perfect. The only problem about Hammill's albums is the instrumentation, sometimes perfect, just like on his regular band, VdGG; but sometimes the instrumentation is quite sparely and everything is carried by Hammills wonderfull voice. I know that his voice is the essential part of his music but the music often gets too muted, often even quite inconsiderable. "Fool's Mate" shows the opposite: perfect mix between voice and instruments. Featured are as well some, no all of Hammill's band mates of VdGG who really become the sound. Robert Fripp also appeares from time to time, his appearances are real highlights, just like on some of the VdGG releases (H to He...). The songs are rather short but far away fom being too short, it fits quite good. Of course Hammill's voice can be regrdes as some kind of star turn of this album and his releases in general. Unlike his songs in general, some tracks sound gladder and more optimistic, the first song even sounds quite fast and cheery as if Hammill doesn't take himself seriously, pretty funny. Other songs could be part of "H to He" and sound pretty melancolic, just like we know and love Hammill. On "Fool's Mate" his perfect voice and the good musicians and instrumentation match and make this album a good choice for all fans of Van der Graf and Hammill's solo releases.

So like I said in my review for "Offensichtlich Goldfisch" this album is a good one to start. If you like Van der Graaf Generator I can assure that you will love "Fool's Mate". It's not the best album Hammill released so far but definitely a very good one. Due to it's rather short songs it's also a good introduction to the world of Peter Hammill.

diddy | 3/5 |


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