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Van Der Graaf Generator


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4.48 | 1975 ratings

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3 stars Godbluff is my third VDGG experience, and it wasn't as good as Pawn Hearts, but definitely better than H To He. Again, the music here is basically dark and gloomy jazz inspired progressive rock with insufferable vocals.

"Undercover Man" is a song that doesn't really stand out to me. I've listened to it over and over again on repeat to find some kind of passage or anything at all about it that stands out, but it really does just seem bland. It's a very subdued, decently dark track dominated almost entirely by those "interesting" vocals. The music itself is slightly soothing at best, but not much more.

The music on "Scorched Earth" starts off sounding like Camel, in my opinion, but that doesn't really last. There is a memorable dark jazz instrumental break in the middle section of the song that I find to be quite enjoyable.

"Arrow" begins with a sound not unlike post-bop jazz, but of course it is darker, and eventually gives way to a dark King Crimson sounding passage. But, lo and behold, the vocals kick in and give me a headache. This track does have a nice groove to it, and has a powerful jazz feel that is really enjoyable, and this is probably the best track on this album.

"The Sleepwalkers" is another track that sounds like Camel at its inception, but the goofy vocals are the goofiest since some of the vocals on H to He, sounding not unlike sing-alone bafoonery. There is a fantastic jazz and blues inspired instrumental passage near the end of the track, but everything besides just seems to be ultimately forgettable.

Not quite as good as Pawn Hearts but definitely miles better than H to He, I'd have to recommend this mildly. Again, the vocals keep me from enjoying this album too much. If you can get past them, then you will find much to love here.

colorofmoney91 | 3/5 |


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