Thursday, April 23, 2009

Van der Graaf Generator - Trisector

6/10

Uh-oh! David Jackson left the band. Fortunately, Trisector doesn't suffer that much without him; it may not sound that much like traditional VDGG, but Hugh Banton's organ is still familar, and Hammill does a pretty good job playing more guitar (frequently with a rather punkish tone) to fill out the hole left by the saxophone. Also, most of the songs aren't especially long; there's only one epic-length track.
Much of the album brings to mind an avant-garde version of Booker T. and the MG's from some alternate universe; this works to great effect on some tracks, such as the opening instrumental "The Hurly Burly," which takes a little while to get started but really cooks when it does. Unfortunately, some tracks, such as "Lifetime" and "The Final Reel" are just too sedate, bringing my grade down to a 6. There's little of the chaos that defined Van der Graaf Generator to be found here, but it's not a disaster like the albums released under the "Van der Graaf" moniker.

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