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TO WATCH THE STORMS

Steve Hackett

 

Eclectic Prog

3.77 | 374 ratings

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oldcrow
4 stars On a frantic mission to catch up with Hackett's material having picked up nothing since the early nineties. I've not been chronological so far going from 'Out of the Tunnel's Mouth' , back to 'Guitar Noir' then to this.

I find this album has a warm and whimsical charm (dare I say in the same way as 'Selling England...? )- 'Strutton Ground', 'Circus of Becoming' and the closing, simply gorgeous, 'Serpentine Song' all add to this. Even Steve's vocals, never his strong point, seem to somehow fit.

'Devil is an Englishman' does not do it for me but apart from that it's good stuff. While Steve can seam to meander at times on his acoustic material, 'Wind, Sand & Stars' is an example of where it approaches perfection.

If you're looking for huge guitar spectacle like 'Sierra Quemada' you won't find it here, but this album delights in its understated charms and I'm so glad I cam back to Steve Hackett after being almost permanently repelled by some of his '80's material.

4 stars

oldcrow | 4/5 |

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