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SPECTRAL MORNINGS

Steve Hackett

 

Eclectic Prog

4.17 | 556 ratings

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infandous
5 stars This is Hackett's masterpiece, and only 2 years after leaving Genesis. It's this album that makes me think he made the right decision.

Every Day is a great upbeat opener. I've never been crazy about Hackett's lyrics, but they are decent if not great. The vocals for this album are handled Pete Hicks very ably, with Hackett taking a couple of tunes. What this does is make the album feel far more cohesive than the previous one by relying primarily on one vocalist. It works well I think. The next 3 tracks are brilliant, tough Clocks works better live than here, but still a great song. Brother John's flute on Red Flower... is sublime. I could live without The Ballad Of the Decomposing Man, but it is a nice lighthearted break in the album, if a bit unnecessary in my view. Lost Time is a decent track, though probably my 2nd least favorite on here. The final two tracks, however, are some of Hackett's finest. Tigermoth is a two part song, the instrumental parts being my favorites, but the whole thing works brilliantly. The title track may be my favorite Hackett instrumental ever, echoing the best of his work in the post Gabriel Genesis (though having that more menacing feel that Hackett solo material has, in contrast to Genesis' somewhat softer and less sinister approach).

Basically, this is my favorite solo Hackett, though I haven't heard many of his albums to date (just the first 4 and To Watch The Storms). But I can't give this any less than 5 stars and would say this is a great place to start with his solo work.

infandous | 5/5 |

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