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Steve Hackett - Voyage Of The Acolyte CD (album) cover


Steve Hackett


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White Shadow
4 stars Steve Hackett's much heralded solo debut, "Voyage of the Acolyte" is likely his most well-known and popular work as a solo artist. It appeals most to Genesis fans, probably because everyone in the band except for Banks is present, making their mark on multiple tracks. Hackett's brother John is also heavily utilized throughout the album on flute and keyboards.

The strength in the album and its compositions lies in its ability to create moods and pictures, not through it's lyrics, but it's music. This is one time where you might be able to judge an album by its artwork as they seem to match so well. It actually might be more useful than the lyrics as one gets the feeling that Steve's visions have come to life through his wife's art. If the artwork doesn't strike you as intriguing, you might not like what you find for music.

Final Analysis: It is not too hard to find the many beautiful passages throughout Hackett's debut. This imagery is colored with nice layers of electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and flute.

Highlights: "Hands of the Priestess", "The Hermit", "Star of Sirius"

Weaknesses: "A Tower Struck Down"

Rating: 4 stars for this highly inspired staple of Progressive Rock

White Shadow | 4/5 |


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