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TO WATCH THE STORMS

Steve Hackett

 

Eclectic Prog

3.76 | 279 ratings

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Leonardo
5 stars Yet another fine album from Steve, following 1999's Darktown.

In this album Steve manages to feature avant garde jazz ("Statues") world music ("Silk Road"), heavy metal with a disturbing edge ("Mechanical Bride"), Pure acoustic classical guitar ("The Moon Under Water"), Eastern European Folk ("Come Away") and the most perfect laid-back pop song I've heard since the KInks "Waterloo Sunset" ("Serpentine Song").

Whilst varying musical styles and themes would be many an artists downfall, Steve thrives on the diverse and experimental, which makes him such an exiting artist to listen to. He is also one of the most talented live artists of recent generations, regardless of musical genre, which makes the music on this album sound so rewarding to listen to.

For me, the standout songs on this perfectly crafted album are:

"Brand New" - a gentle acoustic guitar intro that explodes into a rock classic with clever solo electric guitar work in the middle.

"Wind, Sand and Stars" - classical, sweeping acousting guitar and piano - would make a beautiful film score. Steve was inspired by the book of the same name by Sainte-Exupery.

"Rebecca" - slow mellow, haunting song giving an insight into Daphne Du Maurier's world of Rebecca.

"Serpentine Song" - has all the hallmarks of a classic Pop song - in my opinion, the best "Pop" song Steve has ever written.

Even without the 4 extra tracks on the special edition, this is yet another classic Hackett album worthy of reccomendation to anyone.

Leonardo | 5/5 |

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