A great start of the eighties for Peter Hammill, who already
made quite a few masterpieces in the seventies, as as a solo-
artist as well as with Van der Graaf Generator.
Maybe this is his most difficult album, so it is not a good start of if you know yet know his work. In that case, start with
Sitting Targets or maybe The Lovesongs first.
Flight is of course the perrenial highlight here, twenty minutes
of survival-music which was overwhelming to witness live (which
I did quite a few times in the eighties) and remains one of his
all time classics. But Losing Faith in Words, the Spirit and
In Slow Time are as hauntingly beautiful as anything he's done
before and afterwards. This is Hammill's New Wave album, a start
of the new direction which was continued on Sitting Targets,
Enter K and Patient, three other classics of the eighties.