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Steve Hackett


Eclectic Prog

3.36 | 224 ratings

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Easy Livin
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2 stars Softly, softly. snooze

Let me try to describe, in speeded up linear fashion, my emotions as I listened to this album: ("." represents the passing of unspecified amounts of time).

Hmm, nice soft acoustic guitar piece to start, gentle and relaxing. sounds like the next track has started, another soft acoustic piece eh. a bit of orchestration there behind the acoustic guitar, that's nice .. Ah, flute, that sounds good over the acoustic guitar, wonder what other sounds we'll hear. hmm, back to he acoustic guitar again, he plays it very well, but it's starting to wear a bit.(skip forward several further acoustic guitar solo tracks later ).. wait a minute, I recognise this, that's "Horizons", from "Foxtrot", good to hear that again... oh oh, more intricate acoustic guitar playing, at least it's getting near the end. Is that it then. yes I think he's stopped.

There is no questioning Steve Hackett's guitar playing abilities. Any of his soft acoustic pieces are a joy to listen to. Extract any one of these tracks, and you have a beautiful piece of music. A whole album of similar tracks one after the other though is a different story. The album becomes tedious and dull. In show business, there's a famous saying to the effect that you should always "leave them wanting more". With "Bay of kings", Hackett appears to have overlooked this completely.

The talent on show here and delicate compositions are deserving of a higher rating, but as a package, "Bay of kings" is something of a disappointment.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |


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