So the wire is tripped, split-seconds defect to their successors; the umbilical cord is ripped - here we all are in free fall. I stall where I am, as if to see where I've been: only running down the looping line we all follow, only chasing down the spiral twist of DNA - There can be no looking on to tomorrow from today.
Is the empire of sensation locked in a black box deep in me, encoded there somehow? It fires the imagination to fly on a wing and a prayer through my life - is that how it is? There'll be no looking back on this All I know for shure is this is the end.
No looking back from tomorrow, no, there'll be no looking back on today; better be looking on to tomorrow Printed by permission. S-type records, Shaftsbury Ave. Calligraphy by Jet Peter Hammill Lyrics provided by SongLyrics. Note: When you embed the widget in your site, it will match your site's styles CSS. This is just a preview! Cannot annotate a non-flat selection. Make sure your selection starts and ends within the same node. All News Daily Roundup.
Album Reviews Song Reviews. Song Lyrics. Review: RIFF-it. I concentrated on the electronicblipspit stuff more as that was the way he was going at the time.
Album Rating: 5. Peter Hammill A Black Box 4. Adopt and adapt or die. For sonic pioneers such as ex-Van der Graaf Generator frontman Peter Hammill, however, merely reacting to the current scene was not enough.
Hammill had often seemed to be ahead of the curve. Once again Hammill is clearly ahead of his time here and the music comes over as raw proto mid period Radiohead. Losing Faith in Words 3. The Jargon King 4.
Fogwalking 5. The Spirit 6. In Slow Time 7. The Wipe 8. Flight : - a. Flying Blind - b. The White Cane Fandango - c. Control - d. Cockpit - e. Silk-Worm Wings - f. Nothing Is Nothing - g. A Black Box Total Time The short songs on side 1 are a diverse selection, featuring Hammill's guitar and piano over some very basic drumming, with sketchy synth or sax embellishments.
He also sings with a raw passion that hadn't been heard to this extent since Godbluff. His delivery of songs like Losing Faith In Words would put many punk singers in the shade for sheer aggression, while on the eerie Fogwalking he shows a chilling restraint. Flight, the 20 minute epic which takes up the second half of the album, is one for the old VDGG fans. The best parts are the sections which feature Hammill accompanying himself on the piano - no overdubs or special effects, just a superb songwriter delivering one of his best pieces straight into the microphone.
Highly recommended. Clearly ahead of its time and one for Radiohead fans to ponder. Proto-'Kid A', perhaps? It feels like the companion-piece to "Fogwalking", maintaining an even-keeled flow within its cloudy, melancholy haze.
Maybe I just have a narrow frame of reference for this kind of material, but this bizarre puzzle of electronics, phasing and shifting, certainly conjures the uncomfortable feeling Radiohead achieved on those two albums. Curiously, it's one of very few Hammill instrumentals. A massive undertaking, one you can only know after 10 or 15 close listens.
This is the last of the truly progressive Peter Hammill solo albums that I've heard, anyway. The album's title suggests a loose concept based on flight as further propounded by the eponymous epic that has side B all to itself but the music within can just as easily describe the aftermath of a disaster, or more likely and this reviewer's personal theory is that it's about claustrophobia; "Fogwalking", which is a languid, distorted and remorseful slow rocker, alludes to being isolated from others by city fog although there are as many layers of metaphor at work as the haze they detail while "Losing Faith in Words" - a piano-driven, somewhat disdainful piece which would translate well into a VdGG song - is about the problems with everyday communication.
Additionally, to this reviewer, "The Jargon King" which has an isolationist theme and "The Wipe" represent via experimentalism the extraneous information we are confronted with and try to ignore. Hammill always seems lost or stranded in some idea, and those two words crop up frequently in his lyrics - this time he's stuck in a sea of people with no meaningful conversation.
Trapped inside his own Black Box; safe and silent. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Belligerent Strong. Track Listing. Golden Promises. Peter Hammill. Losing Faith in Words. Jargon King. The Spirit.A Black Box Peter Hammill Eclectic Prog. Hammill is something of a poet you know). SO, even if it's quite unorthodox, and because I'm a punk, I'll grant this album 5 stars, only for the Flight epic, because it has to be more well-known among the prog landscape for it's one of the last prog epic of the classical era (if its not THE last.