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Steve Hackett - Voyage Of The Acolyte CD (album) cover


Steve Hackett


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4.23 | 1268 ratings

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4 stars Steve Hackett's debut album is also incidentally his first masterpiece!

Although I consider myself a huge Genesis-fanboy this album actually works better for me than both Trick Of The Tail and Wind & Wuthering because it has more of an even flow with some magnificent tops and no bottoms! In fact, I'll go as far as to say that this album's material is better than anything that Steve could have written if stayed on in Genesis.

Voyage Of The Acolyte actually sounds more like the Gabriel-era albums than the once that Genesis was producing at the time. I think that it has a lot to do with John Hackett and his flute playing that always worked magnificently well with Steve's guitar. The best example of that is Hands Of The Priestess Part I where the two create a superb atmosphere with so little, plus the melody is just brilliant.

Still, it's Shadow Of The Hierophant that completely steals the show. It's probably my favorite song from all of Hackett's solo-carrier and an excellent album closer.

***** star songs: Hands Of The Priestess Part I (3:28) Shadow Of The Hierophant (11:44)

**** star songs: Ace Of Wands (5:23) A Tower Struck Down (4:53) Hands Of The Priestess Part II (1:31) The Hermit (4:49) Star Of Sirius (7:08) The Lovers (1:50)

Total Rating: 4,37

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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