A Black Box
02. Losing Faith in Words (3:40)
03. The Jargon King (2:43)
04. Fogwalking (4:04)
05. The Spirit (2:38)
06. In Slow Time (4:07)
07. The Wipe (1:45)
08. Flight (19:38)
- a. Flying Blind
- b. The White Cane Fandango
- c. Control
- d. Cockpit
- e. Silk-Worm Wings
- f. Nothing is Nothing
- g. A Black Box
- Peter Hammill / vocals, keyboards, guitars, drums, arranger & producer
- David Jackson / saxes, flute (4,8-c,8-d)
- David Ferguson / synth & tambourine (4,6,7)
"Golden Promises" features prominant drums and vocals. It's catchy but with attitude and aggression. "Losing faith In Words" has these almost spoken words and keyboards to start. Piano comes in around a minute.This is good. Drums after 1 1/2 minutes as it gets fuller. "Jargon King" is an experimental piece with spoken words and strange sounds. "Fogwalking" is a cool tune. Spoken words with dark, low end sounds early. Sax comes in too. This is great ! "The Spirit" has some life and energy to it. The guitar and drums are joined by vocals in this straightforward tune.
"In Slow Time" is another slower and darker track. "The Wipe" is a short experimental piece. "Flight" is the over 19 1/2 minute closer. It opens with piano as reserved vocals join in. Strummed guitar 1 1/2 minutes in. It then kicks in at 3 minutes with drums and more passionate vocals.This is intense around 6 minutes. A calm before 8 minutes with reserved vocals and piano. It's fuller after 10 minutes with sax.The tempo picks up a minute later. Guitar to the fore 15 1/2 minutes in then it calms back down a minute later with reserved vocals.
Another solid release from Hammill but then again that's what i've come to expect.