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Peter Hammill


Eclectic Prog

3.77 | 291 ratings

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The Truth
4 stars "I've got something to say and it ain't the usual sob story that you hear everyday."

That line from Nobody's Business sums up this Hammill album almost perfectly. The man had something to say that he hadn't yet gotten the nerve to utter. If one prog artist had multiple- personality disorder, that man was Peter Hammill, going from the pompous prog-rocker he normally was to the angst-ridden yet thoughtful Rikki Nadir.

Obviously, there's a large stylistic shift in the music, not any tracks are suites or epics but that's part of the album's charm. I absolutely love Hammill's ability to make whatever he sings great and that shines brightly on Nadir, every song is well done, going from ballads to punk rhythms, from lullabies to mad shrieks, it's just amazing.

If your a fan of the somewhat self-indulgent VDGG Peter Hammill, this album is not for you. But if you enjoy albums that aren't the norm but should be loved just because they aren't the norm, try Nadir out. It's a wonderful album, the missing link between punk and prog. You'll find yourself singing the songs after you listen.

4 solid stars, second only to Over.

The Truth | 4/5 |


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