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No peers, No equals,
This review is from: Consequences (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.