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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.48 | 1998 ratings

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Marty McFly
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5 stars OK, I'll pass. If somebody wonders why I gave (and will give) about 80% of 5-star ratings today, it's because I'm ruining old stash of my beloved records, desperately trying to seek for something well known (for me).

As it's with this album. Funny thing is that for a long time, I though it's "GOLDbluff", but I know do know where truth lies. After all, it's easy, this album is masterpiece, that eases it all. Ever-present motif through the entire album is Peter Hammill's singing/non-singing, which is really unique (you know him). Also, first and last track are optimistic ones, second and third are more dark. Not bad, of course not. Undercover Man, its flute and nice melody suggest something beautiful and in some sense of this word, it truly is. But no way it's normal song. Nothing here is normal, as it's (for me at least) archetypal VDGG album. This means that this will be different from everything else. Not as Zeuhl, or RIO prog, it's still quite listenable and by my opinion very (VERY) accessible. There are things, little things through these songs that makes it more interesting (and so, repeated listens are very much suggested, something like necessary).

5(+), to be honest, I first hated everything here except first song. But I learned how to understand it. How to feel it, appreciate, embrace it with all my senses (probably even with sixth sense that I didn't know that I have at all), even (mostly) Arrow is using all tricks of Peter's aggressive voice (which can be little bit terrifying for starters).

Some albums simply stood the test of time.

Marty McFly | 5/5 |


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