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Steve Hackett


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Man With Hat
4 stars When I purchased this album, I was coming off the high which was To Watch The Storms. I expected great things out of this album, and was a little afraid I was going to overhype the album in my own mind (especially after reading many positive reviews of it). Well, somehow, this album lived up to all expectations. This is one of the most solid albums Hackett has created. Each song flows perfectly, even though the album is one of the most diverse I've heard from him. I was lucky enough to find the special edition (which I believe everyone who buys this album should), and this review is of that.

There are many moods on this album. From frantic, to soothing, to almost sinister, to warm. This album also continues the guitar sound from Darktown and To Watch The Storms, which for me is a major plus. It gives the album a totally different feel then his early albums. Also, his acustic guitar work is amazing on this album. For me, Steve has always been one of the best at that instrument, and it really shows here. Another element which makes this top notch is the inclusion of an orchestra that contributes to many tracks. Their presences gives many songs a certain drive without making the song "classical". It also another proof of the great diversity of the album, not just overall but in each song. Highlights: Transylvanian Express, a fastastic and spooky opener, Ego And Id (like nothing Steve's done before), Cedars Of Lebanon (stragne, never stagnant, beautiful piece), She Moves In Memories (a classical classic), A Dark Night In Toytown (dark, pulsating, string driven madhouse), and Until The Last Butterfly (a beautiful, majestic, guitar virtoso close).

All in all, this is one of Steve's best albums, and undeniable proof that he is still able to create wonderful melodies, song structures, and still be able to play with the best of them. A definite for Hackett fans. Although not his best work, one that will become a classic in time. 4.5/5 Bravo.

Man With Hat | 4/5 |


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