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BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON

Steve Hackett

 

Eclectic Prog

3.86 | 319 ratings

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tmay102436
4 stars Well, what a varied set of reviews we have here. And even though I don't agree with some parts of each review, on the whole, they are right on the spot. So, I won't go into a long review, just a summation of previous, and my own thoughts.

I believe this to be the best work Steve Hackett has done in quite some time. I agree with almost everyone that he never (including on this release) seems to find his special spot of sound. The vocals (of which I personally like the style, especially for a musician willing to sing his own songs regardless of professional abilities) do come off a bit "over layered" and therefore, not very personal. I guess speaking from my own experience, I wish he would just "let er' rip" when he sings, and never mind the cracks and creaks, and we then would get the energy and personality that the music deserves.

But, as for the rest of the CD's attributes - BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! - this is fine progressive music. The bass playing and drumming throughout are wonderful, BUT! the last 2 or 3 songs are with the addition of Chris Squire and Simon Phillips (I believe the greatest drummer alive) and are just outstanding. What a progressive rhythm section!

I also love the hint, and just a hint mind you, of slightly avant leanings in the orchestration sections near the end. The female singer is superb, and of course the production (although maybe a bit too "big and polished") is quite well done.

Although I enjoyed the 2nd CD, and it was quite well done, it's not what turns the disk multiple times for me - the main/1st CD is what the stories about I believe.

OK, one more thing - thank god the cover is back to something somewhat mystical and appropriate for the music inside the jacket.

Thank you Mr. Hackett for another fine outing - please "keep progressing" in writing. You are the only Genesis alumni to do anything worth listening to in quite a long time. And always - THANKS! to Progarchives.com for this fine place to courteously express reactions and ideas.

tmay102436 | 4/5 |

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