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Van Der Graaf Generator

 

Eclectic Prog

4.48 | 1997 ratings

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KarnEvil2000
3 stars I'll be honest. I don't really get this one. I find myself really only digging the first era of VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR records, even though I've tried and tried to dig this one. The production's cleaner this time around, but I kinda liked it muddier. Peter Hammill's voice is more acrobatic, but that's more of a curse than a blessing. The instrumentation may not be as complex, but it's certainly more lush. However, I'm as of yet unconvinced that that alone makes for a better record. The only things, I think, that this record has over something like "Pawn Hearts" is that the songs are a bit more manageable and the scope of influences is greater, which is really saying something. As a whole however, it doesn't beat their early work, though the attempt is certainly dazzling on its own. Definitely give it a listen, but I'm not ready to call it excellent, much less essential.
KarnEvil2000 | 3/5 |

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