Van der Graaf Generator has to be one of the least recognised and understood bands of the seventies. Foregoing labels as progressive or as underground, the band led by Peter hammill, exploded into the dark sub-conscious of what was referred to as the progressive rock scene: with uncompromisingly vulnerable lyrics of self-reflection from Hammill, gothic pulsating organ rhythms from Hugh Banton, sudden shocking multi-rhythmic refrains from David Jackson on saxophone and meticulous time-keeping courtesy of Guy Evans, the album breaks into the opening bars of "When she comes". This is a complex and ironic reminiscence of an ardent and impassioned liaison. The album culminates, for me, in the anthem "Meurglys III: a song-writer's guild" ... a song of alienation and fulfillment, of friendship and passion.
Throughout, there is a pulsing kick-rhythm courtesy of Evans and Banton, with the evocative voice of Hammill cut with the sugical precision of Jackson's sax - this is truly a multi-faceted, complex and beautiful album ... and really, you can dance to it :)