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Excellent combination of late 60's and modern sounds on latest album from prog rock act, Van Der Graaf Generator
It has been three years since thier last album 'Trisector', but the now three piece Van Der Graaf Generator follow it up with 'A Grounding in Numbers', which shows the band embracing their past but also moving forward.
'Your Time Starts Now' is a powerful combination of Procum Harum and 70's Bowie. Peter Hammill's vocal is smooth and relaxing, and well sung and performed.
'Mathematics' sounds like a live theatre track. It pulls you in and gets you involved. 'Highly Strung' was their addition to record store day and, released as a limited 7 inch vinyl only single, has a late 60's feel and also an experimental vocal from Hammill.
'Red Baron' is an instrumental mood piece, while 'Bunsho' is another experimental number and, like much of the album, is an eccentric, but powerful mix of late 60's ideas and modern grooves.
'Snake Oil' is dramatic, entertaining and wacky, and done in a charming perfect way. 'Splink' is a short instrumental jam, while 'Embarrassing Kid' is a somewhat aggressive prog rock number.
'Medusa' is short, but well paced. 'Mr Sands' is a prog based piece of work, with a commanding vocal from Hamill that is backed by light drums. 'Smoke' is funky, but also has an element of prog rock, while '5533' is again oddball, but, very John Peel-flavoured, entertaining as well as experimental.
'All Over the Place' is lush and involves a harpischord, while Peter's vocal shines brightly on it.
A fine record from Van Der Graaf Generator.
Your Time Starts Now
All Over The Place