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Steve Howe


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2 stars I have to admit the virtuosity of Mr. Howe in playing his guitar with Yes. But I don't know why I never got "clicked" with his debut solo album even though I did upgrade my collection from cassette to CD. Still, it did not help. My only reason to upgrade was actually for completing my collection only because I loved his contribution with Yes. Released after Yes' "Relayer", no harm if I expected he would deliver something like "Sound Chaser" with his solo album. I could not find it here with this album. Even though this debut is not bad at all but there is something missing here and I don't know exactly what. It could be most of the songs are not melodic? (except some segments in "Australia"). Or the composition does not sound compelling? Or the production issue as the sonic quality is so dry - bass is very weak? Or Steve Howe's vocal does not seem to fit with the music? Or combination of those mentioned? Dunno really. For sure, something is missing .

This album was made involving many talented musicians like Patrick Moraz, Alan White, Bill Bruford from Howe's Yes-mates. He also brought chamber string orchestra The Philomusica performing fully classical outfit "Beginnings". Looking at the music, I enjoy most of acoustic guitar work. A good example is "Australia" where Howe gives his talented guitar playing which produces amazing acoustic guitar sounds. The other track that come into my attention is "The Nature of The Sea" where Howe blends acoustic and electric guitar into a good music. Patrick Moraz contributes his piano section in "Lost Symphony" - a song with (I think) loose composition.

Overall, this is not a bad album at all and it's worth only for fans / collectors. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 2/5 |


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