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Steve Hackett


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3.75 | 312 ratings

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4 stars This is so far my favorite Steve Hackett release by far!

It's exceptional to see such great work after years and more years of average releases (with the exception of Darktown). Before buying the album I saw the promotional footage that was available on YouTube and the video looked really promising but I wasn't expecting such an overall excellent experience.

The orchestration of this material has really done wonders to Steve's music and the backing band featuring Nick Magnus and John Hackett do an excellent job maintaining a balance between the orchestra and band sound. Compositions like A Dark Night In Toytown, Ego & Id and Wolfwork are some of the biggest surprises that this album has to offer. Still, even the ballads are some of the strongest that I've heard on a Steve Hackett solo album. A Girl Called Linda, To A Close and especially The Fundamentals Of Brainwashing work so well in the mix.

It really great to hear such a confident performance from Steve. Every composition seems to hide quite a few hidden secrets that don't reveal themselves until one begins to dig deeper into the material. This album is essential to anyone who wants to explore Steve Hackett's solo career and an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection. It's safe to say that I'm looking forward to his next release!

***** star songs: A Dark Night In Toytown (3:42) A Girl Called Linda (4:44) Ego & Id (4:08) Wolfwork (4:49) She Moves In Memories (5:00) The Fundamentals Of Brainwashing (3:01)

**** star songs: Waters Of The Wild (5:35) Set Your Compass (3:38) Down Street (7:34) To A Close (4:49) Man In The Long Black Coat (5:07) Why (0:47) Howl (4:31)

Total rating: 4,44

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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