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Steve Hackett


Eclectic Prog

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White Shadow
2 stars This album probably came to the surprise of long time Hackett fans. In a time where many self-proclaimed "proggers" had jumped off the Genesis ship, many probably took this album like a knife in the back. "Shorter songs, simpler structures, and worst of all, it's POP!" they'd say. Well, the fact that its pop is not the problem here. The fact that Steve is doing his own vocals, replaced a live drummer with a machine, and seemed to have hired an eight year old for the lyrics are the biggest concerns. Most of the songs are lacking in melody and never seem to find a direction. Apparently, he was trying to produce some light, relaxing pop songs indicative of the cover. But, it simply does not work. It comes off as extremely cheesy and cold.

However, "Cured" is not without it's moments and is not as abominable as some would have it. The pop formula actually works very well for "Overnite Sleeper", which features a very addictive flute part that recalls "Jacuzzi" from his previous album. This is padded with sections that more resemble his "prog" style. This style also peeks its head out own "The Air-Conditioned Nightmare", a 5 minute instrumental with great keys and guitar. The only other song worth listening to is the classical guitar piece "Cradle of Swans" , which is very pleasant. But, three tracks is not enough to carry the album, which is easily Steve's weakest.

Final Analysis: It seems Hackett was taken out of his element for this one and tried a little too hard, rather than doing what comes natural to him. Worth a listen though for the three songs that are excellent (see below (or above)).

Highlights: "The Air-Conditioned Nightmare", "Overnight Sleeper", "Cradle of Swans"

Weaknesses: everything else

Rating: 2 stars

White Shadow | 2/5 |


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