When I first listened to Consequences my first thought was that it was "difficult". Perhaps this is the default position for PH records- its predecessor Thin Air is no easy listen either- but this more so than most. Repeated listenings confirm that it's not a record you can let drift by; it requires engagement and thought on the part of the listener- but that's what differentiates enjoyable one-off experiences from those that will reward many, many repeats.
The word "genius" is over-used, particularly in the here-today-gone-tomorrow world of contemporary music, but for me this man is head and shoulders above all imaginable rivals both for his longevity as an artist and for his consistent quality. I rank this along with his very best works- Over,The Future Now, A Black Box, None of the Above, Clutch and Singularity. A glance at that list gives another clue to Hammill's pre-eminence as an artist: they are all so very different; he moves on whilst retaining or improving quality. Consequences is the latest stage in the journey. It may not be for the faint-hearted, but if you like the other albums mentioned above this is unmissable.