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2 stars Hackett's Last Hoorah

The final chapter for Genesis and Steve Hackett, the revered Genesis guitarist. As some may already know, I am not exactly a fan of the band or Hackett, but I have nothing but respect for the man and his class. He was a pioneer and will go down as one of the greats, regardless of my views on his music and composition.

The album can be seen as an ode to the "classic" Genesis of the early 70's and the final stand before the band's future sound, one that would crush the hearts of many of the band's biggest supporters. The last parts of the album are more instrumental in nature, which seem to clearly be Hackett inspired tunes, and there is some nice playing from Banks, albeit a bit ordinary, especially at this point. There's some clear themes throughout the album that pop up every now and then, a few close listens and this becomes pretty discernible (an example being the key riff about 3 minutes into In That Quiet Earth and the beginning of Eleventh Earl of Mar - The same riff would be used much later in Edge of Sanity's Crimson, for those looking for outlandish music connections as I do).

There's a sad nature to the album, as many other fans have expressed as being symbolic to the departure of Hackett and progressive Genesis. However, despite this, I think many will find much more exciting symphonic prog elsewhere. I know I am in the minority here, but truly, there is much better prog to be found.

OpethGuitarist | 2/5 |


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