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Peter HAMMILL Consequences CD

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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fie
  • ASIN: B007IVTSA2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As with a lot of Hammill's work, this album took numerous listenings before I could really get my head around it to begin to form an opinion on it. It certainly a very good album which deserves to be part of any Hammill fan's collection.

This is a dark album. Those of you familiar with his work will say "Thank you, Captain Obvious", but actually even by his standards, this one is very far from "Zippedy Doo Dah". While "Thin Air" dealt with themes of loss and disappearance, "Consequences" is full of a sense of threat, whether implicit or overt. Many of the songs involve characters that one probably ought to avoid. The instrumentation is perhaps sparser than on other albums. There is little in the way of percussion. Hammill again plays all the instruments, In general the melody line is played on guitar or keyboards using a lot of reverb or echo in the mix, augmenting the sparse feeling. To that he adds occasional flourishes of dissonant electric guitar overdubs or multiple vocal overdubs creating dissonant harmonies in a call and response to the lead vocals, as he's done in the past. As he has done for the last few studio albums he uses a fair amount of dissonant and experimental elements, which add depth.

Not every track is equally good, although they all contain thought provoking lyrics and interesting musical moments. A condition that has affected some of his albums is his occasional difficulty in opening with a bang. Just like In Camera (Reis), Future Now (Reis),
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I never usually comment on PH albums although I have nearly all the PH and VDGG catalogue. Reviews were nearly always better written by others, and although I always did try to explore some of his more difficult songs for meaning I was frequently found wanting. I'd habitually console myself with the fact that I was listening to a lyrical genius and the ultimate voice in contemporary music, therefore not all of his concepts were immediately forthcoming. However.....

After a few listens I became more aware that this album was reaching out and touching my consciousness like no other PH recording. The more I listened the more I realised that the lyrical concepts were pulling me in on a personal level making me confront the consequences of my own actions on an analytical level. The dreadful social blunders, the innocent remarks taken the wrong way, the unwanted attachments from people I wanted only to be friends were resurfacing again and prompting me to wake up screaming even though I wasn't sleeping.

After an inconspicuous start, the album increased its hold and intensity. Feeling more uneasy, it was as though I was being stalked. Eventually I was cornered, they all got to me, but these got me the most....

"All the tiredness" is an acknowledgement of the inevitable. The wick not yet burned down but flickering and unsteady. We're not all there yet, but we will be.

A tap on the shoulder then pointed me in the direction of Charles Bridge in Prague that is aligned with statues of the saints in "A perfect pose". This is a more mysterious song that perhaps warns against living an unauthentic life.
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