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TO WATCH THE STORMS

Steve Hackett

 

Eclectic Prog

3.77 | 374 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. I like this better than "Wild Orchids" but not as much as the earlier "Darktown". Cool cover art on this one.

"Strutton Ground" reminds me of THE BEATLES. A mellow, acoustic track. "Circus Of Becoming" is interesting. Not sure if that's a jig-like rhythm but this song is kind of silly. "The Devil Is An Englishman" is something I think we all knew. Spoken vocals with a beat. Catchy stuff. Female backing vocals too. Some nice guitar after 1 1/2 minutes and later after 3 1/2 minutes. "Frozen Statues" opens with sparse piano before reserved vocals come in. Classy. "Mechanical Bride" kicks in quickly but not for long as it settles with vocals. Contrasts continue though. Cool tune.

"Wind, Sand And Stars" features classical guitar melodies throughout. "Brand New" opens with gentle guitar as reserved vocals join in. It kicks in before a minute but contrasts continue. Catchy. "This World" is mellow with vocals and a beat. It does get fuller later on. "Rebecca" has these intricate guitar melodies with vocals. An electronica vibe after 2 1/2 minutes then it returns to the earlier sound. I like this one. "The Silk Road" is led by percussion and atmosphere early on. Processed vocals join in. I like this. "Come Away" has a Celtic vibe to it. "The Moon Under Water" features acoustic guitar melodies throughout.

A good album but I don't feel inspired enough by it to want to listen to it any time soon.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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