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Peter Hammill


Eclectic Prog

2.79 | 87 ratings

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2 stars Urgent! Rock album seeks band. Please contact PH at

I don't understand. Wasn't there really anybody available to flap Hammill around the head and re-awaken his sense for good song writing and inventive arrangements? Wasn't there anyone to force Hammill into a chair and make him sit and listen to that terribly synthetic drum machine sound before releasing this? More then half of the songs would have been decent enough if this been recorded by a live band.

The opener is forgettable though. Well, opening albums was never Hammill's speciality. Hearing this album I must conclude that he also didn't care much about second songs. No, it's not till the title track that this album comes alive. Also Celebrity Kissing isn't without merit, catchy ZZ-Top alike blues rock. Where The Mouth is is a typical example of a song that is in desperate need for a rock band. Uninvolved and tepid here, but with potential though. Primo On The Parapet is a nice surprise. Hammill builds up some real suspense here and gets a reasonable groove going.

All in all, the Noise is a failed attempt at resurrecting Nadir, that so-called punk-rock alter ego of mr H. No, I believe Nadir is still very dead and buried here, under tons of plastic sounds. He ends somewhere around 2.5 stars. Again.

Bonnek | 2/5 |


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