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Steve Hackett


Eclectic Prog

3.59 | 577 ratings

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3 stars An interesting album, though quite a mixed bag.

The interesting part is that Richie Havens sings on a couple of songs, you get Frank Zappa's rhythm section on some songs, and you get the vocalist (2 songs) and drummer (1 song) from Kansas. What this odd mix ends up doing is making the album seem very uneven and causes the songs to flow far less well than other Hackett solo efforts. But on the whole, I like it. I think Narnia is great upbeat song and works well with Walsh's voice. I think Havens is great on Icarus Ascending and How Can I? Racing in A is great prog song, as is the excellent title track. And Kim sees the beginnings of Hackett's serious classical guitar pieces.

In all, a decent if a bit scattered solo album. In a lot of ways this is really his first true solo album, since he was officially out of Genesis and none of his former band mates appear on this album (though I suppose technically Chester Thompson could be considered a former band mate, though he wasn't an official member of Genesis). I would give this 3.5 stars if I could, but I can't so I think 3 will do nicely. This may not appeal to hard core symphonic fans as it is a very song based album and the songs are in a variety of styles. But any fan of Hackett will want this, and while it's not his best solo album, it's far from his worst.

infandous | 3/5 |


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