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Peter Hammill is the sort of artist who concedes just enough to conventional taste to allow his most challenging ideas to be appreciated. While his output at the helm of Van Der Graaf Generator remains formidable, his solo offerings since the ‘70s may be even more provocative in concept and execution. Singularity ranks high in Hammill’s canon, recombining many of his familiar motifs in striking ways. The veteran prog-rocker played all of the instruments here, giving the tracks a compelling intimacy. Songs like “Famous Last Words” and “Naked to the Flame” reaffirm his disquieting lyric touch and European chanson-like melodic sense. Hammill walks a delicate line between defiance and fatalism, stopping to offer such nervously sentimental vignettes as “Meanwhile My Mother” and “Friday Afternoon.” “Our Eyes Give It Shape” and “Vainglorious Boy” show he can deliver punchy (if somewhat bent) rock tunes, while “White Dot” finds him confronting chaos amidst a swirling sound collage. Hammill’s parched, anguished vocals add to the prickly hothouse atmosphere.

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A softly beating heart...

Peter Hammill re-emerged from a near-catastrophic heart attack with a new set of songs for our new millenium and he's in a reflective mode. Reflective on mortality as well as on the inability to escape the past. There is a sourness which threatens to ruin, but it rapidly gives way to sweet melancholy reminiscence. "I want the future now" he once cried. I suspect that he still does.


Born: November 5, 1948 in Ealing, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Peter Hammill is a prolific songwriter, singer, and co-founder of Van Der Graaf Generator; he has also released dozens of solo recordings on a series of labels and later on his own Fie! Records. Though he never attained the public profile of fellow countryman David Bowie, Hammill's recording career has proven just as groundbreaking and uncompromising. Hammill was born in 1948 in the west London suburb of Ealing, moving to Derby when he was 12. As a child and young adolescent, he was subject to...
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Singularity, Peter Hammill
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Dec 04, 2006

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