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Steve Hackett


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3.73 | 344 ratings

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4 stars One of the best Steve Hackett's albums of the last years, the acclaimed Genesis guitarist managed to make a very varied and seductive work. While definitely approaching progressive rock standards, it is notorious the artist intent in creating something different. The result may not be revolutionary neither particularly original, but still a very interesting and passionate album

The album flows in several terrains, recreating a trip all over time and space. The album opens with the quasi-operatic string arrangements, very classical-inspired, of "A Dark Night in Toytown". Next tracks flow between the convincing eastern-Islamic joyfulness of "Waters of the Wild"; the acoustic solitude of "Set Your Compass"; the psychic cinematic narration of "Down Street", where space is created to several guitar solos and the peaceful very Christian-church-like "To a Close". "Wolfwork" adds a very James Bond-like refrain. Flute is prominent, particularly in the symphonic beauty of the instrumental "She Moves in Memories". The album closes with another instrumental, the energetic "Howl", the most Genesis-like of the collection, in which guitar and piano reach standout levels.

A very respectful album from one of the greatest progressive rock personalities. With numerous works made, all over a great and long career, it's praising to know Steve Hackett still manages to try taking his music to new boundaries, almost as years did not pass on him. Excellent addition to any progressive rock collection!

TRoTZ | 4/5 |


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