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Other World
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2014
This is not an easy album to listen to, but as a follower of the works of Hammill and VDGG for many years this is what we have to come to expect and admire. After a couple of plays, I can honestly say this is one of the best Hammill albums I have heard for a long time. The guitar work is very distinctive of other Hammill work, but has a much crisper feel, and the collaboration with Gary Lucas gives the album a complete uniqueness.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2014
I'm not sure what I expect from Peter Hammill anymore;I own more records of him(and VDGG) than of any other artist(everything up to Enter K and about ten to fifteen works after that), and though I still hold a great admiration for him, and get really excited whenever I get the chance to watch him(and listen to him) live, it's been a long time since I found some of his new records I keep buying really interesting.The sound seems repetitive, the lyrics too, as if there is a lack of true inspiration.The same feeling I have with the first listening of this collaboration of his with Gary Lucas;I think I have listened to these songs a hundred times before and the sound landscapes had been present in other loops and sonix I own, or remind me of many Eno or Fripp records.I'm sorry to have this feeling, and I will give Other world more chances(maybe I miss something at the moment or I was in a short of mood) but I doubt things will change dramatically;if they do, I promise to come back with another review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2014
PH is back on familiar territory with this album after last year's terrifying "consequences". Favourite themes such as fate, crisis moments, greed, selfishness, perspectives and destiny are revisited here (so it's all light-hearted stuff)! although none of the songs sound stale, in fact the instrumental input from Gary Lucas compliment the songs perfectly. Even the soundscapes that I normally avoid in the PH catalogue are growing on me at each listen.

The dissonant guitar styles are particularly effective throughout with the discordant slashing of PH set against the backdrop of GL's more accomplished melodic performances. Most of the songs are either good or very good while also being unusually accessible and undemanding. The more ambient instrumental pieces provide cushioning between songs or are primers for the songs to come, they are also serious statements in their own right with the rain-soaked "Attar of Roses" being my favourite.

There are two superb tracks however in "This is showbiz" that twists and turns but still hangs together beautifully with GL's guitar sparkling throughout. The narrative paying homage to a perfect moment crystallizing in the crucible of a stage performance resulting in the music now being listened to. The other being "The Kid" again showcasing GL's excellent guitar work, this time the narrative warning of the corruptibility of fame, and again, with the PH vocal sounding as effortless and controlled as ever.

Although there is no doubt that PH has lost a lot of his vocal range over the years with the beautifully ugly aspect of his voice having diminished he still retains a certain grace and control that is far less jarring to the senses. I'm still trying to get to grips with "Reboot" but that will come in time. I'm also intrigued by "A room with 2 views" that may yet become my favourite on the album.

So there you have it, not a brilliancy by any means but nevertheless showcasing two excellent performers and musicians at the top of their careers. I suppose that's why it works so well.

Oh, and as usual.......Can't wait for the next one! Sometime later this year I believe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2014
Hammill and Lucas - sounded like a Star wars reunion. In fact a combinition of creative talent that works wonders. Neither one thing notr the other but something new combining the best of both. Looking forward to seeing the live incarnation presently. Expectations are high!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2014
I didn't know what to expect from this and was prepared for something "difficult". But in fact its surprisingly accessible and full of songs - with a couple of semi-ambient pieces. The combination of guitars works really well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2014
Peter Hammill is my favourite artist not only because of his long history of high quality releases but also because of his refusal to stand still. These qualities are amply demonstrated on this collaboration with guitar whizz Gary Lucas; it's very good and sounds like nothing Hammill has done before. Some of the songs are relatively straightforward guitar and vocal tracks (for instance Spinning Coins, Of Kith and Kin, the Kid) while others feature Hammill's vocals backed by atmospheres and soundscapes (mostly created with guitars) that make the album title very appropriate indeed ( for example Reboot and Some Kind of Fracas). At times the ambient/dark or just plain weird sounds feel as if they could have come from a specialist electronic outfit, such as RMI. PH's voice, quite restrained in this outing, is as magnificent as ever. Five of the 14 tracks (one third of the album) is comprised of instrumental pieces in which Lucas shines. For those who prefer songs to instumentals that leaves 40 minutes to remind us that, at 65, Mr Hammill remains the best of the lot.
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on 8 March 2014
Another great offering from the master. The contrast is balanced and as always the dark moments are haunting. Well recommended.
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on 4 November 2014
Nice to hear the tight and adventurous guitar playing from Hammill and Lucas. Both lovely soundscapes and well structured songs here. UK meets USA?
Favourite track: "This is showbiz".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Hammill in excellent duet with Gary Lucas and as always accustomed us, made ​​more brilliant work ... sometimes brings us to the progressive sound of 70 ... as the classic "Pawn Hearts" Van Der Graaf Generator but here and there reminding many of his best solo albums.
No doubt the years increasingly refined Peter Hammill, because the patient is in excellent shape matching very well your experience with innovation that has accustomed us.

The symbiosis with Gary Lucas is perfect, keeping intact the Universe Hammill.

Great Album .... I heartily recommend
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2014
sorry my astronomy is not so good...?is this a moon of juptiter on the cover?This is as strange and wonderful as you could have wished for.The combination of pete's voice and other wordily instrumentation works really well....as usual ham mill is not afraid to tell it like it is, even if that is not at all comfortable.It goes without saying that the average person will hate this..but us in the know realise that this is the real deal (Faustian though it maybe).Come to think of it this is a little further out than our solar system.For Hammill fans...a must!!!!!
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