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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.48 | 1998 ratings

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4 stars So close, yet so far.

This is one of my favorite Van der Graaf Generator albums: in parts. Unfortunately, there's a section I just can't stand, and don't see how or why it was written, and I've also found Undercover Man a tad bland at times, a kind of "boring" prog if you will that competes with Genesis for utter dullness.

The highlights here are Arrow and Scorched Earth, two brilliant and dark tracks which unfold beautifully and are some of the best pieces the band has ever recorded regardless of era. We have wonderful instrumental work and some of Hammill's best vocal work, which I have always loved with the style of music VDGG play. Arrow is especially good, as it is perhaps the darkest tune here and plays well into the strengths of the band.

The ending of Sleepwalkers competes with Opeth's A Fair Judgment for the worst outro ever to an otherwise amazing song. To top it off, it's at the end of the record, making the mistake even more befuddling. It is of no surprise that a band like VDGG could make artistic mistakes given the peculiar qualities of their music, it's a style that can either produce something astounding or something very off-putting. Both styles are found in Godbluff. This is an amazing record, no doubt in my mind, but there's just those certain parts that I'd rather just skip over.

OpethGuitarist | 4/5 |


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