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Thin Air

8 Jun 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 8 Jun 2009
  • Release Date: 8 Jun 2009
  • Label: Fie! Records
  • Copyright: 2009 Peter Hammill
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  • Total Length: 46:50
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  • ASIN: B002BMXAQ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,895 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr.Shargraves on 7 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
Bought direct from sofasound, this release came rather early into my mitts. Naturally, it's a complex and dark affair.

The vocals as ever are challenging, and brilliantly multi-layered, the lyrics deep and imbued with multiple interpretations.

Song wise, I found "Undone" instantly accessible - and I've been humming it ever since, it's a cracking anthemic number - with even - oh the horror - a guitar solo!!! ;o)

"Ghosts of Planes" boasts a brilliant tremelo guitar ambience, and "The Mercy" is a haunting number in numerous sections. Its a strong opening track on an album of occasionally sparse, but atmospheric arrangements that has quite a loose "played" feel to it.

Overall, it will take some getting used to - as most of his recent works do, but it's a downbeat collection of songs that as ever, are intelligent and provocative.

It's not his most catchy set of tunes, but once again the unsung genius that is Peter Hammill has created a solid body of work that deserves FAR wider recognition, than just us privileged folks "in the know" already!

After a few more listens - I wouldn't be surprised if I'd give it the full 5 stars. As yet - I'm discovering more each time - and it's definitely a grower.

Great stuff!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam K. on 9 Sep 2009
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As I've written before, if you ask any ten Peter Hammill fans what their favourite solo PH album is, you'll most likely get ten different answers, and they'll all be able to argue their case passionately. Bear that in mind as you read any of these reviews, especially mine.

I've been a Hammill fan for some years now, and he's one of the few artists that, while I will not always agree with his musical choices, I will forgive him pretty much anything. If he turns out something that...um, may not be to my taste, there's a good chance that, at some point, he'll come back with something that's just stunning. It may take a while, but he will. His previous release, "Singularity", took me by surprise after a series of so-so albums for being quite so brilliant, sharp and cohesive. After that, I held my breath and waited to see how he'd follow that.

And so we have "Thin Air" which, while it lacks the immediacy of its predecessor, shines with a luminous, eerie quality all of its own. It's a dense, layered piece, full of ruminations on death and even suicide and yet...and yet, somehow Hammill, in his inimitable and unique way, works it into something approaching glory. It feels muted, but beats with a definite pulse right from the human heart. Of particular note are the menacing, sinuous instrumental "Wrong Way Round", the spooky, other-worldly "Ghosts of Planes" with its chugging, twanging guitars in the background, sounding as if they fell off the back of a David Lynch film and "If We Must Part Like This", which spirals outwards, chiming acoustic guitars and chugging electric ones circling Hammill's still-astonishing voice. There's also the anthemic "Undone" and....well, every corner you turn on this album yields another surprise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Dutton on 20 Jun 2009
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Around the time of the "Love Songs" album I heard a radio interview with Peter Hammill in which he railed somewhat at the perception that his work is "difficult". This perception is, of couse, an attraction for many of his fans, but doesn't easily endear him to a wider audience. Well if any Hammill album is difficult it is "Thin Air", being a bleak affair dwelling on loss, failure, sadness and endings; a guaranteed turn-off for the Radio 1 crowd. It is, however a fine album; "Undone" and "The Top of the World Club" being early favourites in a work which rewards repeated and careful listening.
For sheer emotional intensity it is comparable to "Over" (though less tuneful),to the point where it lacks even the limited light and shade of its excellent predecessor "Singularity".
All the music is by pH; no guests this time. The sounds themselves are largely atmospheric backdrop to The Voice, which is in fine fettle, as ever.
So difficult, yes- and dark, challenging and occasionally uncomfortable. It may not be the place to start a Hammill collection, but it has an essential place in one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kezzworld on 29 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
All I want to say here is that those who have only given this 4 stars need to think again. Quite simply, this is Hammill's best since Over and is in the same league as all of his/VDG greats. This really is essential listening for people with brains (I think!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. GALVEZ on 13 Sep 2009
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Hammill has recorded a lot of albums..maybe too many. But this one is a gem from start to end. We love the daring musician who's not afraid to experiment. HIs playing is exact. The eerie voices, the piano, Meurglys the guitar, and above all his heart.One of his best albums. Period.
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