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VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE

Steve Hackett

 

Eclectic Prog

4.21 | 899 ratings

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Buh
5 stars Before listening to this album, I was not a huge fan of Genesis, though I had enjoyed a few of their albums. Not knowing what to expect I went into this one, and wow...this is a beautiful album!!! The acoustic guitar is lovely, as is the flute and the vocals. It's like Mr. Hackett set out to make a minimalistic, but nonetheless effective prog album, mainly showcasing lovely acoustic melodies he's written, and flute parts played by his brother.

Eclecticism is another strong point here. Only 8 tracks, but each one with it's own flair. "Ace of Wands" and "A Tower Struck Down" show off the heavier side of Hackett, and sound King Crimson inspired. Both "Hands of the Priestess" numbers boast excellent guitar and flute, but also a gorgeous melody that drives them. The prettiest melody here might be the very short, but effective "The Lovers". The three songs with vocals are also great, the best being the 11- minute finale "Shadow of the Hierophant".

Since listening to this album, I've listened to much more Genesis, and while I'll be in the minority on this one, to me, this was better than any Genesis record. Not more experimental, but more pretty and consistently wonderful. This is really one of my favorite records of all time.

Buh | 5/5 |

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