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The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage


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  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Charisma
  • ASIN: B000026XXF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Brook on 20 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
1974 seems so long ago and I've bought hundreds of albums since then. Yet I still come back to 'Silent Corner...' regularly and it remains my favourite record. Why? Above anything else, 'A Louse is Not a Home' still remains the best song I've ever heard. The vocals are simply stunning and there's something totally unique and captivating about the way the slightly out of sync voices compliment each other (all Hammill's). The song builds to the most dramatic ending ever recorded and it still gets me everytime. The music is complex and is by far the finest example of 70's prog rock, and yet still sounds as fresh and invigorating today as it did in '74. This alone makes it unique in prog rock, most of which sounds so naff on reflection. I listened to Nursery Cryme recently and felt a little emarassed that it was once my favourite album (any old Genesis fans should definately check out Hammill).
'Modern' and 'Red Shift' are also complex (yet unkown) rock classics while 'The Lie', an angry blast at the church, is a solo piano song of emmensly dramatic proportios that all catholics should listen to. Plenty of tender moments too make 'Silent Corner' the perfect album and the best starting point for anyone planning to check out Hammill for the first time. If you get hooked then a whole new musical adventure (50ish albums inc. VDGG) will be open to you.
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This was the first PH album that I listened to, and I have been gradually working my way through the rest of his extensive catalogue of music. I now have 11 albums beside this one, and have yet to find anything that rivals it--only VDGG's Pawn Hearts is comparable as a lasting testimony to paranoia. The album opens with 'Modern', a musically jagged and lyrically psychotic piece that refers to Jericho, Babylon and Atlantis, but these I suspect are euphemisms for modern cities--which ones I am not sure but I have a few ideas--so work it out for yourself. 'Forsaken Gardens' is about loss and getting older, (where are all the joys of yesterday...........?)'The Lie', a gothic doom laden song with heavy-duty piano and vocals that shift between subtle whispers and enraged wailing hints at the line between sex and religion being blurred(-genuflection--erection in church...) 'Red Shift' laments the eventual possible fate of the universe, expanding forever into cold empty sterility. 'A Louse is not a Home' is a more personal paranoid adventure,a long rambling piece concerning the fear of ones own alter ego. The album is completed by two short songs, 'Wilhelmina' and 'Rubicon'. I have played a few excerpts from this album to friends as it may not appeal to many people, but tend to play it all the way through when listening alone. I think I am in the mood to play it again now, but don't worry, I am not suicidal......yet......
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By R. Gray on 29 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
A good album, the best tracks are A louse is not a home - absolutely brilliant lyrics and delivery, followed by Foreasken Gardens the lie and Red Shift. Remaining tracks in my opinion are average.
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