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VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE

Steve Hackett

 

Eclectic Prog

4.21 | 906 ratings

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Minkia
5 stars 'Voyage of the Acolyte' is the missing link between 'Trick of the Tail' and 'Wind and Wuthering' by Genesis.

The album contains elements of Genesis which the band could have had during the period of 'Trick..' and 'Wind..' but lacked. I believe that Tony Banks, by all accounts the main songwriter in Genesis at the time, did not want the band to be progressive (judging by the presence of a couple of soppy ballads on 'Wind..') preferring instead a less experimental direction, which must have been cause for frustration for Hackett.

It's possible that some Genesis members appreciated Hackett's material, as both Collins and Rutherford lend a hand in the studio thus, not surprisingly, adding cohesion to the material.

It's clear from the music itself that 'Voyage of..' demonstrates that Hackett was not being given enough credit for his songwriting in Genesis but in this album his star of Syrius really shines!

All the tracks are, or deserve to be, classic examples of progressive rock; the material on the album varies from renaissance ballads, prog rock and even the occasional sound effect tape loops. Considering that 'Voyage..' was released in 1975, it has aged little if at all.

The album is a dream of progressive rock perfection

Minkia | 5/5 |

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