UK reissue of the Van Der Graaf Generator singer/songwriter's 1994 solo album.
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By Unruh on April 28, 2015
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I admit I was a little disappointed by this. I had abandoned Peter Hammill may years ago - sometime around Enter K - not sure why. Maybe he got repetitive or his overwrought style just wore me out eventually. I checked back in from time to time and couldn't find persuasive reasons to return to the fold. I was a fan of ph2, Sitting Targets, Black Box and albums like that. I found nothing after Enter K which approached that. If I am mistaken and missed a masterpiece, I hope some other reviewer will enlighten me. Then Other World came out which the fulsome reviews led me to buy. And it deserved its accolades and then some. A dark, churning, psychedelic, melodic masterpiece. Quite possibly my favorite Hammill album ever, and at so late a period in his career. This led me to think he had probably released some other recent music that I had unjustly overlooked. So I got the most highly praised of his recent two - Roaring Forties and Thin Air. I just found the same old Hammill - shrieking about things which don't need to be shrieked about, hectoring and lecturing and no special melodies to make the stern talking-to he's giving me worth hearing. It has its moments. When Hammill softens up and heads into ballad territory, he's dependably moving and excellent. But if there's something that makes this album tower above the rest of his vast catalog, I'm missing it. Having said that, Other World is tremendous and no Hammill fan, no matter how fair-weather, should be without it. I wish this one were as musically adventurous.
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