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TO WATCH THE STORMS

Steve Hackett

 

Eclectic Prog

3.77 | 372 ratings

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Rune2000
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3 stars The 2003-release of To Watch The Storms marked my introduction marked my introduction to the later Steve Hackett albums. Until then I've only heard his work in Genesis and albums the '70s solo albums so I had completely blank expectations as to how Steve would sound in the 21st century.

When I first heard Strutton Ground it totally blew me away! Unfortunately once I started digging deeper into this release the material became less exciting. Compositions like The Devil Is An Englishman and Mechanical Bride made me completely alienated to Steve's new music direction. Have it not been for me giving his later albums a second chance with the purchase of the excellent Wild Orchids then I might have missed out on quite a lot of great material.

Since the previous album Darktown was an unexpected return to form by of one of our times greatest guitarists I might be too tough on this release but that first experience is still present with me up to this day. I recommend wouldn't recommend To Watch The Storms as an introduction to Steve's later year but it definitely might work as a follow-up purchase after hearing Wild Orchids and Darktown. A good, but non-essential release.

***** star songs: Strutton Ground (3:03)

**** star songs: Circus Of Becoming (3:47) Frozen Statues (2:57) This World (5:17) Come Away (0:57) The Moon Under Water (5:22) Serpentine Song (5:48)

*** star songs: The Devil Is An Englishman (4:26) Mechanical Bride (6:38) Wind, Sand And Stars (5:06) Brand New (4:39) Rebecca (4:18) The Silk Road (5:23)

Total Rating: 3,52

Rune2000 | 3/5 |

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