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Van Der Graaf Generator


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4.42 | 2106 ratings

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2 stars Van Der Graaf Generator . . . where to start?

This is not one of my favorite bands. I don't care for Peter Hammill's vocals that much. The best way to describe them is an overly strange, dramatic, and theatric version of Peter Gabriel. He also reminds me of Fish from Marillion, except a more extreme version. If you enjoy that type of singing then you will love VDGG. Personally, I'm not a big fan.

I had pretty high expectations before listening to Pawn Hearts. I was somewhat dissapointed. The vocals were incredibly bizarre and the music itself is very hard to get into. It's complex almost to the point of being dischordant, and there is just a little too much going on for the listener to follow.

One high point of the album is the sax. It's out of this world. I really don't think I've heard a better sax player in my life. Normally I'm not usually a fan of the instrument, but David Jackson is incredible. If you enjoy a good sax player, then you should deffinately check out VDGG. Also, check out "The Music that Died Alone" by The Tangent. Jackson is the sax player on that album and he really shines on it.

If you enjoy extremely complex instrumental sections, extremely theatric vocals, and extremely good sax playing, you will enjoy this band. If your a fan of the band or of Peter Hammill's solo work, then by all means get this album immediately. It's the best of their albums that I have heard.

I'm not a big fan, but maybe thats just me. Give them a listen and see if you enjoy it. There are some songs on this website that you can stream and listen to.

This is a band you will either love or hate. I can't stand them, but there are alot of people who love them. I'll let you decide if you like them or not.

weaverinhisweb | 2/5 |


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