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Peter Hammill


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3.79 | 392 ratings

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3 stars Talent for element of his poet. Or, the method of philosophical thought and the expression might be exactly evaluated always high as one of the expressions of the field of Prog Rock and the music character. The activity of Van Der Graaf might always have poured the energy. As for the part of some groping and restructuring, whether the expression and the thought of music from which Van Der Graaf is counted very in total were spent on the work might be understood for the band.

There is an opinion made for the revolution of the band and the dismantlement of the band to have been done since the time of which Van Der Graaf has already debuted according to a certain theory, too. However, it is said "Pawn Hearts" doing the decision for Peter Hammill to multiply own life and to work on music that van Der Graaf announced in 1970. Zeal to music might been exactly decided for Peter Hammill by this debut Solo album.

The member of Van Der Graaf is participating basically as a situation at that time for the recording of this album. However, a private element and the soundscape of Peter Hammill that follows the methodology of the band might be emphasized if talking about the overall part when considering it with the band as Solo of Peter Hammill. The part of secret poetry and the part of philosophical thought might express the element that Van Der Graaf has further in detail.

And, the point that should make a special mention as a situation at that time in time when this album was announced might be participation of Robert Fripp. At that time, Robert Fripp did not participate in work other than King Crimson. Hammill at that time and Fripp will be able to ask that there be very zeal to the communication of the intention and music.

Performance and idea that Hammill did in band. And, the construction of the tune might progress with the part refined further with this album. And, this album that should be commemorated has been done for Hammill for four days from April, 1971. The work at the period including the processing of the recording and the mix might be evidence that the embodiment of the idea went out strongly very efficiently.

The listener will learn the soundscape has gone out of at the beginning of the album strongly. Or, the beautiful melody in which Hammill of "Solitude" and "Vision" is skillful is constructed. And, the methodology of Van Der Graaf might appear remarkably in "Re-Awakening". Arrangement of piano with song and anacatesthesia in close relation to acoustic guitar in "Child". And, "Summer Song" and "Viking" are good at poetic lyrics of Hammill the good feeling that the band weaves each other.

The history of his music starts from this album including a mental part.

Kazuhiro | 3/5 |


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