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  • Audio CD (16 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FIe
  • ASIN: B007IVTSA2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Consequences is Peter s thirtieth solo studio album of original songs. Ten jittery new pieces which stretch the boundaries of the form. Some are wordy, or about words - and miscommunication, mishearing, misapprehension. Around another corner, lives and actions are overheard, overseen, characters stalked and surprised. Sometimes these pieces stray into the territory of the short story or screenplay - something is happening just outside the frame, just beyond the range of vision. Distanced from the norms of songs though they are, a strong narrative thread runs through the heart of each recording. The instrumentation centres on electric guitars and a variety of pianos. Percussion is sparse. The occasional interjection of other instrumental colours enhances rather than expands the sonic picture. Central to the realisation of all the songs are authoritative vocal performances in lead, backing and choral roles. Once again the whole thing is written, performed, sung and recorded entirely solo. Consequences is a weighty addition to Peter s body of work.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No peers, No equals 19 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
In his review of Peter Hammill's recent box set of live performances: Stewart Lee, the comedian and free music aficionado, refers to Hammill as a "national treasure" (the review can be accessed from [ ... ] ). "Consequences" the new studio album, is not an easy listen and is certainly not aimed at the casual listener, but put the effort in and approach it with an open mind and you will realise why this somewhat over-used accolade is actually merited in Hammill's case.

Hammill's music does not fit into any single category and little is gained by trying to shoehorn an artist this unique and this original into some pre-defined genre. The overall mood of this work is dark and abrasive even by his previous standards, but overall this is a deeply moving work that stands head and shoulder above much of what has been released elsewhere in 2012. Marc Almond has recently called Hammill "one of the most expressive and impressive vocalists ever" and the fact that very few artists in the field of pop/rock music get into double figures in terms of albums released let alone well over 50 underline why if any album deserves to be heard and appreciated outside a few cognoscenti - this one does.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Consequences of Language 24 April 2012
By Glenn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Van der Graaf Generator aficionados could no doubt explain in detail the critical make-up and mix that made this band, in their initial 60s/70s incarnation and brief rebirth in `75/76 [Jackson leaving in `76, the group disbanding in `78], such a unique and memorable musical phenomenon, but it was and always will be Peter Hammill's role that dominates in that creative and performance fusion for me, essentially with his distinctive vocals that combine their unique, often operatic sound and always dramatic emotion. I'm not excluding David Jackson's electronic and electrifying saxophone playing - always a crucial part of the live performances, as well as recordings, I loved in those early days.

This latest solo release, Hammill's thirtieth, is another entirely self performed and produced recording. The ten tracks are anchored wholly to that hypnotic vocal which at its core narrates each song's story and/or thesis [the polemical is always somewhere] in the idiosyncratic way Hammill does, breaking into the melody with its suddenness of this, and in most tracks augmented then by the complex multi-tracking of his voice for harmonies and choric developments.

The polemic in much of this collection regards language and what we speak/say. With titles like 'Eat My Words, Bite My Tongue'; 'That Wasn't What I Said', and the line 'Chose your words as if you were constantly overheard' from the beautiful song 'Constantly Overheard', it is clear that there is warning, regret and regard for how we communicate with one another. These narratives make the listening an intense experience, and in this respect Hammill is a demanding artist: it most definitely isn't easy listening, either in sound or content, but anyone knowing Hammill will know this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amongst his very best 28 April 2012
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one's for you! 26 July 2012
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I never usually comment on PH albums although I have nearly all the PH and VDGG catalogue. Reviews were nearly always better written by others, and although I always did try to explore some of his more difficult songs for meaning I was frequently found wanting. I'd habitually console myself with the fact that I was listening to a lyrical genius and the ultimate voice in contemporary music, therefore not all of his concepts were immediately forthcoming. However.....

After a few listens I became more aware that this album was reaching out and touching my consciousness like no other PH recording. The more I listened the more I realised that the lyrical concepts were pulling me in on a personal level making me confront the consequences of my own actions on an analytical level. The dreadful social blunders, the innocent remarks taken the wrong way, the unwanted attachments from people I wanted only to be friends were resurfacing again and prompting me to wake up screaming even though I wasn't sleeping.

After an inconspicuous start, the album increased its hold and intensity. Feeling more uneasy, it was as though I was being stalked. Eventually I was cornered, they all got to me, but these got me the most....

"All the tiredness" is an acknowledgement of the inevitable. The wick not yet burned down but flickering and unsteady. We're not all there yet, but we will be.

A tap on the shoulder then pointed me in the direction of Charles Bridge in Prague that is aligned with statues of the saints in "A perfect pose". This is a more mysterious song that perhaps warns against living an unauthentic life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Birthday Gift
I purchased this as a request for a birthday gift. It is for the acquired taste of a Peter Hammill fan.
Published 15 months ago by Ingrid Shaylor
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful
He can still bemuse and entertain me after all these years. The more I play it the better I like it
Published 16 months ago by mj53
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
Peter Hammill is the best music artist that I've heard in my life, this is an excellent album as they are all of his works. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Juan Guillermo Huidobro Rein
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fantastic.
How does this guy do it?. Once again Mr Hammill produces another outstanding piece of work. Unfortunately he is not probably going to gain many converts / new disciples with... Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2012 by Kool
4.0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind!
By the time most artists get to their third or fourth album they are past their best or begin to fall into some kind of safe pastiche of their previous selves. Read more
Published on 25 May 2012 by Mr. A. N. Bull
5.0 out of 5 stars Consequences
A sort of concept album about communication and language, this will appeal to Hammill fans immensely. Compelling, sometimes uneasy listening, it rewards repeated plays. Read more
Published on 16 May 2012 by Dave Gilmour's cat
5.0 out of 5 stars PH Pushing 30
The fractured soundscape of `Consequences' is merely a front for a set of highly melodic songs. Take a listen to the gorgeous acoustic guitar melody of `Constantly Overheard' as... Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by Stephen Andrews
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