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Steve Hackett


Eclectic Prog

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White Shadow
4 stars With every album, Steve Hackett proves more what a diverse musician he is. He delves into all kinds of styles and instrumentations and it can all be heard on "Wild Orchids". With so many influences, there most likely something for everyone on this album. However, that means that there is a good chance at least some of it will be lost on everyone.

It is a dark album at many times, musically and lyrically. On other sides of the album are beautiful passages that rest on the opposite side of that spectrum. Each of these approaches are fueled by the orchestra and Steve's guitar, which are both menacing and soothing when needed. Added to this is tasteful piano playing by Roger King, which is never more present than in the song "Howl".

Final Analysis: "Wild Orchids" is an album of tremendous range and depth, with many treats for those of an open mind and a taste for various kinds of music.

Highlights: "Transylvanian Express", "Set Your Compass", Cedar of Lebanon", "Howl"

Weaknesses: "Ego and Id", "Why"

Rating: 4 stars

White Shadow | 4/5 |


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