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Steve Hackett biography
Stephen Richard Hackett - Born February 12th 1950 (Pimlico, London, UK)

GUITAR BASED MUSIC WITH VARIOUS STYLES
(Blues, Classical, Folk, Jazz, New Age and Progressive Rock)


Steve HACKETT needs no introduction. He is definitely one of the major guitarists of this century. Ex-GENESIS, he is now a major force in the domain of music composed for guitar, rock as well as classical. Steve is a complex musician, drawing influence from a wide variety of styles and melding them into super compositions. His music has evolved over the years, and while some of it was not up to the standards that he set with other albums. They are still excellent.

HACKETT joined GENESIS as guitarist in early 1971 and featured across ten albums of their history. He replaced Anthony PHILLIPS, and stayed with the band during their successful mid-70s progressive rock period. I remember once reading that, if GENESIS lost their "brains" when Peter GABRIEL left, then they surely lost their "heart" when Steve left. In a way, it is easy to see how HACKETT was "crowded out" of Genesis in 1977. From "Nursery Crime" in 1971 to the double-live "Seconds Out" in 1977, he created in his solo albums his own style, dominated by his guitars, sometimes very classical or at times furious. His tracks go from a symphonic Progressive style to a more energetic rock.

From the first album "Voyage Of The Acolyte" while he was still with GENESIS to his most recent ones, all are MUSTS. For the most part, all of the compositions on HACKETT's first five solo albums are well-thought-out and impeccably well crafted. I would highly recommend "Voyage of the Acolyte" (missing GENESIS album), "Please Don't Touch" (powerful), his TRADEMARK "Spectral Mornings" (pure magic), "Defector" (another amazing album by Steve), and "Cured" (pop-oriented). This, along with "Time Lapse", "The Unauthorised Biography", "Guitar Noir", "Darktown" and "To Watch The Storms", are the best for people curious about the HACKETT "feel". However I believe these are his bests - it could rightly be called "THE HISTORY OF MUSIC ACCORDING TO STEVE HACKETT." Get them ALL...and HAPPY LISTENING!!!

Discography with GENESIS (1971-1982):
1971 - Nursery Crime
1972 - Foxtrot
1973 - Live
1973 - Selling England By The Pound
1974 - Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
1976 - Wind and Wuthering
1976 - Trick of the Tail
1977 - Second...
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STEVE HACKETT discography


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STEVE HACKETT top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.23 | 1297 ratings
Voyage Of The Acolyte
1975
3.58 | 556 ratings
Please Don't Touch!
1978
4.15 | 813 ratings
Spectral Mornings
1979
3.64 | 448 ratings
Defector
1980
2.41 | 294 ratings
Cured
1981
2.96 | 257 ratings
Highly Strung
1982
3.37 | 233 ratings
Bay Of Kings
1983
2.40 | 207 ratings
Till We Have Faces
1984
3.14 | 164 ratings
Momentum
1988
3.26 | 220 ratings
Guitar Noir
1993
2.94 | 131 ratings
Blues With A Feeling
1994
3.41 | 311 ratings
Genesis Revisited
1996
3.59 | 166 ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997
3.78 | 290 ratings
Darktown
1999
3.47 | 143 ratings
Sketches Of Satie
2000
2.54 | 124 ratings
Feedback 86
2000
3.76 | 364 ratings
To Watch The Storms
2003
3.59 | 183 ratings
Metamorpheus
2005
3.75 | 304 ratings
Wild Orchids
2006
3.54 | 108 ratings
Tribute
2008
3.66 | 347 ratings
Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth
2009
3.85 | 408 ratings
Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
2011
3.86 | 479 ratings
Genesis Revisited II
2012
3.79 | 366 ratings
Wolflight
2015
3.68 | 144 ratings
The Night Siren
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Edge Of Light
2019

STEVE HACKETT Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.79 | 74 ratings
Time Lapse
1992
3.91 | 57 ratings
There Are Many Sides To The Night
1994
3.96 | 145 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
1998
4.52 | 78 ratings
Live Archives 70,80,90s
2000
4.38 | 13 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.27 | 11 ratings
Hungarian Horizons
2003
4.67 | 11 ratings
Live Archive NEARfest
2003
4.13 | 27 ratings
Live Archive 03
2004
4.32 | 29 ratings
Live Archive 04
2004
3.74 | 25 ratings
Live Archive 05
2005
2.93 | 21 ratings
Live Archive 83
2006
4.32 | 104 ratings
Rails Live
2010
4.50 | 113 ratings
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
2013
4.15 | 78 ratings
Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
2014
3.50 | 4 ratings
Access All Areas
2014
4.06 | 40 ratings
The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
2016
4.11 | 18 ratings
Summer Storms & Rocking Rivers (with Djabe)
2017
4.17 | 21 ratings
Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham
2018

STEVE HACKETT Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.02 | 22 ratings
Horizons (DVD)
1990
3.73 | 28 ratings
Spectral Mornings (DVD)
1999
4.15 | 64 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes (DVD)
2001
4.23 | 50 ratings
Somewhere In South America... - Live In Buenos Aires
2002
4.01 | 33 ratings
Hungarian Horizons (DVD)
2003
4.36 | 81 ratings
Once Above A Time (DVD)
2004
3.32 | 12 ratings
Live Legends
2004
4.58 | 12 ratings
Estival Jazz Lugano
2009
4.03 | 39 ratings
Live - Fire & Ice
2011
4.27 | 9 ratings
The Bremen Broadcast - Musikladen 8th November 1978
2013

STEVE HACKETT Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.85 | 30 ratings
The Unauthorised Biography
1992
4.50 | 10 ratings
Guitare Classique
2001
3.50 | 28 ratings
Genesis Files
2002
3.11 | 26 ratings
Genesis Revisited II: Selection
2013
4.79 | 14 ratings
Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983
2015
4.33 | 3 ratings
Broken Skies Outspread Wings
2018

STEVE HACKETT Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.50 | 6 ratings
Ace of Wands
1975
3.00 | 5 ratings
How Can I?
1978
2.40 | 6 ratings
Narnia
1978
3.13 | 13 ratings
Clocks
1979
3.75 | 4 ratings
Every Day
1979
2.12 | 9 ratings
The Show
1980
2.09 | 4 ratings
Sentimental Institution
1980
2.21 | 5 ratings
Hope I Don't Wake
1981
2.67 | 3 ratings
Picture Postcard
1981
2.67 | 13 ratings
Cell 151
1983
3.25 | 4 ratings
A Doll That's Made in Japan
1984
2.50 | 2 ratings
Timeless
1994
3.04 | 6 ratings
Your Own Special Way
1996
2.67 | 3 ratings
Days Of Long Ago
1999
3.67 | 3 ratings
Brand New
2003
3.00 | 3 ratings
Man In The Long Black Coat
2006
2.17 | 5 ratings
Til These Eyes
2012
3.47 | 8 ratings
Spectral Mornings
2015
4.00 | 3 ratings
Behind the Smoke
2017
2.05 | 3 ratings
When the Heart Rules the Mind
2018

STEVE HACKETT Reviews


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 Wolflight by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.79 | 366 ratings

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Wolflight
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by renaudbb

4 stars As a definitve Genesis fan, mainly of the Hackett era, I was always a bit disappointed by his solo efforts. I liked some tracks on the first albums, but that's all. Then, I saw him this year for Genesis Revisited and he did some personal tracks as well, and It was good.

So, I'm trying now to listen again to his records and I'm discovering that he's doing a far better music since he's separated from Kim Poor... I don't know if it's related, but Wolflight, for example, is really enjoyable compared to everything he did prior to 2008. And, last but not least, even if the sleeves designs are not that good, I hated Kim's very... poor paintings.

This is a good four stars record for me !

(and, yes, I don't like Voyage of the Acolyte... except for Shadow of course. I like Spectral Mornings, it's the only record I like of the pre-2009 era.)

 Highly Strung by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1982
2.96 | 257 ratings

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Highly Strung
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by zampino

3 stars I'm sorry to day, I turned my back on Steve Hackett's solo work after "Cured", and ignored this album, having become much more interested in improvisation and rock forms that incorporated the same; it didn't help that Genesis had gone off the deep end with pop music. When Hackett co-formed GTR I heard some of the radio arena work and confirmed my belief that another career had lost its way into pop music.

Fast forward to 2018, when a recommendation brought me to "Beyond the Shrouded Horizon", a surprisingly sophisticated and embraceable album that clearly fits the prog tradition, but also showed Hackett's interest in a variety for forms. I started mining forward and backward to discover that "Highty Strung" was the start of the 'recovery' of his real interests. With a real band, improved vocals, and songs that didn't make me shudder, there's a lot to like on this album. "Camino Royale" immediately grabs the listener with strong melodies and great instrumental work. I'm not a fan of "Cell 151" or "Walking Through Walls", and some of the heavier beats and more anthemic work on the album leave me cold, but I find a number of interesting songs and, more importantly, hope, on this album.

 The Bremen Broadcast - Musikladen 8th November 1978 by HACKETT, STEVE album cover DVD/Video, 2013
4.27 | 9 ratings

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The Bremen Broadcast - Musikladen 8th November 1978
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

5 stars 'Fourty years ago Steve Hackett started touring solo.'

For Old School Genesis fans the year 1978 was one with extreme contrasting musical experiences. On one hand Genesis decided to get rid of their lush 70-77 symphonic rock sound, in exchange for a kind of progressive pop on their new album And Then There Were Three. On the other hand ex-Genesis guitar player Steve Hackett released his second solo effort entitled Please Don't Touch, a very tasteful and adventurous progressive blend of styles. And featuring an awesome list of guest musicians, from Steve Walsh and Randy Crawford to Phil Ehart and Chester Tompsson.

This DVD is incredible 1978 live footage, I have seen all his solo tours between 1978 and 1986, I consider this as the most emotional one. Because he was released from his frustrations within Genesis and got artistic freedom. Now Steve Hackett was happy and cheerful as a solo artist, eager to deliver his adventurous and inventive musical ideas. This has been perfectly registrated by the experienced crew of the popular tv music program Musikladen (the successor of the legendary Beat Club), a kind of German Old Grey WhistleTest. The shots are taken very tastefully, from several positions, with the focus on Steve Hackett. But also divided over the other members, you can watch the huge drumkit from John Shearer and the wide range of vintage keyboards around Nick Magnus. The first 10 minutes are 'progrock magic' with the instrumental opener Land Of A Thousand Autumns: it's dark, only a spot from behind on Hackett, playing on the Roland guitar synthesizer (a novelty in those days), with an ominous orchestral sound, then Nick Magnus takes it over with soaring Mellotron violins, as a bridge to the propulsive and dynamic Please Don't Touch, Hackett shines with fiery runs on his black Fender Stratocaster, and sensational use of the tremolo arm, how exciting!

During the concert Steve Hackett delivers lots of interesting musical ideas.

The use of the Optigan keyboard ('early sampling technology', like the Mellotron), with a funny flute sound, a fine humorous idea from Hackett.

Bass player Dik Cadbury delivers a crystal clear soprano voice in the epic Shadow Of The Hierophant, what a surprise, and what a high quality performance.

An 'acoustic set', Hackett was ahead of his time, 10 years before MTV Unplugged! We can enjoy Hackett his virtuosic guitar play, alternating between classical - and Spanish music, then a short medley featuring parts of Blood On The Rooftops and Horizons, and in the end a duet with his brother John on flute, simply beautiful.

On this DVD you can also get an excellent impression of Hackett his varied guitar technique: from 'flageolets', 'sustain' and 'tapping' (many years before Van Halen!) to the use of the tremolo-arm and the volume pedal (a Hackett trademark). And inventive 'ticking' in the intro of Clocks (great interplay with brother John on the Moog Taurus bass pedals).

During the compelling instrumental Spectral Mornings the camera crew used a 'soft focus' lens, this matches perfectly with Steve Hackett his howling runs and Nick Magnus his floods of Mellotron violins, goose bumps! The musical and visual highlight is the epic Shadow Of A Hierophant, wonderfully caught on camera: from the dreamy start with sensitive volume pedal driven electric guitar and soaring Mellotron violins to the breathtaking sumptuous final part, with majestic Mellotron and howling electric guitar, topped by John Hackett on the pedals of the mighty Moog Taurus bass synthesizer, I am carried away to Symphonic Rock Heaven!

This DVD contains two bonustracks that were not originally broadcasted: melodic poprock in Carry On Up The Vicarage and vocal harmonies and a wonderful guitar solo in Star Of Sirius.

In 1978 it was officially announced: The King Of Symphonic Rock Genesis is dead, long live The King Of Symphonic Rock Steve Hackett, and anno 2018 King Hackett still rules!

 When the Heart Rules the Mind by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2018
2.05 | 3 ratings

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When the Heart Rules the Mind
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars "Seasons will change, You must move on"

This digital only single is a re-recorded version of a song co-written with Steve Howe for the GTR album in 1986. Whilst on the original version it was Max Bacon singing, on this 2018 version Steve Hackett takes the lead himself. Yet another Steve - Steve Rothery - stands in for Howe.

I like the song, in both versions. And as a huge fan of everything Hackett, I find this worth a listen. However, the differences (other than the vocals) are not that significant. Steve now plays this song live as well, on his most recent tour.

A nice song, but by no means essential.

 Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2018
4.17 | 21 ratings

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Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars Rise again

Following the formula of 2016's The Total Experience: Live in Liverpool, Wuthering Nights likewise features a two-part live show with the first part being Hackett solo material and the second part Genesis classics. In my review of The Total Experience, I remarked that "I think that Steve has now come to the end of the road with the 'Genesis revisited' concept. Continuing on with this beyond this point would be milking it." But Steve obviously did not agree, and pronged out another CD/DVD package from the next tour. Having that said, Steve and his band are still very much able to deliver top quality performances. The line-up remains basically the same as in recent years.

There is an even stricter separation this time between solo and Genesis with the first CD and DVD of the set being devoted entirely to material from Steve's solo career and the second is 100% Genesis. The solo set features songs from five different decades! From the 1970's comes Every Day and Shadow of the Hierophant; from the 1980's The Steppes; from the 1990's Rise Again; from the 2000's Serpentine Song; and from the 2010's El Nino, In the Skeleton Gallery, and Behind the Smoke. The latter three are from the most recent of Steve's many albums, The Night Siren, released in 2017. The new songs are good, and the most interesting of the older ones here is Rise Again. The rest have been played often, and were included on several previous live releases.

In the Genesis set, there is a special focus on the Wind and Wuthering album, which celebrated 40 years in 2017. But not the whole album is performed, which would have been more interesting. The handful of songs selected from the album have in most cases been performed on previous tours, but the epic One For the Vine is an exception and a highlight of the show. Another pleasant surprise is Inside and Out, originally from the 1977 Spot the Pigeon EP, and written and recorded during the Wind and Wuthering sessions. The only songs here that reach back to the Peter Gabriel-era are Firth of Fifth and The Musical Box. These two numbers, as well as Dance on a Volcano and Los Endos, are all standards in Steve's set by now.

Wuthering Nights is a strong live release in its own right, and better than The Total Experience. Despite not holding too many surprises, it is nonetheless full of excellent music and as such constitutes another excellent addition to Steve's extensive live catalogue.

 Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Live, 2018
4.17 | 21 ratings

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Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

4 stars Steve Hackett is now a close family with most of the musicians being in the band for a long time. Only Nick Beggs is back after a few years of absence. This is the second released filmed in Birmingham, the crowd is already sold to Steve Hackett since the 70's. This concert is the celebration of 40 years of "Wind and Wuthering", so the band is performing for the first time "Eleventh Earl of Mar" and "One for THe Vine", plus some others tracks being played before. It would have been better to also include "All in a Mouse's Night". The surprise is to watch for the first time the song "Inside and Out" who was written during the "Wind and Wuthering" sessions". The first half of the show is Hackett solo stuff including tracks from the latest album. It seems that the visuals improve on each release with a nice light show, an excellent sound, and picture. But I can't understand why for the Genesis set in the second half the surround mix is inferior to the first half of the show? Not in terms of clarity but in the fact that guitar of Hackett who was spread out in the back in key moments at first is almost kept exclusively in the front for the second half. The performance of each musician is perfect with some added sax of Townsend and the new version of "Los Endos" that Hackett has adopted a long time ago. Personally, I would prefer to hear fewer Genesis songs and hear more of his solo stuff, but I guess the man and his staff know better than me what are the needs of their public who probably want to hear again as much as possible some Genesis material. So, this is another nice addition to your collection of Hackett releases and prepare for much more as long as Mr. Hackett continue to tour again.
 Defector by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.64 | 448 ratings

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Defector
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

5 stars Remarkable, after Steve Hackett left Genesis in 1977 and went solo, the first ten years he hardly played Genesis songs on stage. But this decade his setlist is loaded with Genesis compositions, and he even did a Wind & Wuthering tour!

But back to those unsurpassed early years of Steve Hackett solo, here is a 3-disc version of his Defector album that was originally released in 1980. It is the successor of Spectral Mornings (1979), perhaps his most praised solo effort.

Disc 1: To me Defector sounds as a very well balanced record (even 50% instrumental/50% vocals) featuring ten varied compositions: slow and compelling in The Steppes, speedy and sumptuous in Slogans, romantic classical guitar in Two Vamps As Guests, awesome Grand piano in Hammer In The Sand, a kind of disco prog in The Show and use of the illusive Optigan in the 1940s inspired Sentimental Institution. You can enjoy Steve Hackett his very distinctive guitar sound, he is such a versatile and creative guitarist. The one moment slow and moving electric guitar runs or tender classical play, the other moment distorted sounds, the tremolo technique or use of a volume pedal. He is at his best during the instrumental tracks The Steppes, Slogans and Jacuzzi, this is the Hackett trademark guitar sound! On this 3-disc box disc one featuring the original Defector album, you can find two bonus tracks: the exciting Hercules Unchained (a kind of punk prog) and a pleasant live version (1979) of Sentimental Institution.

Disc 2 : This is a live recording of Hackett at the Reading Festival in 1981 during the Cured tour. Although he supported this very disappointing new album Cured, Hackett presented an outstanding setlist featuring his best work from his five solo records. He was also supported by an awesome new band: Nick Magnus with an array of vintage keyboards, Chas Cronk on bass (ex-The Strawbs), drummer Ian Mosley (Marillion and Rick Van Der Linden solo) and brother John Hackett on flute, wow! Playing this excellent live CD I realize why Hackett had left Genesis, because here you can listen to a guitarist who showcases all those many ideas he couldn't put into Genesis. And all his compositions are topped with the very distinctive, varied and exciting Steve Hackett solo guitar sound!

Disc 3 : This is an audio DVD, a socalled "New Pseudo 5.1 Surround Up-Mix' from the original stereo master tapes, I still have to play it and compare it with disc 1 ....

Anyway, I am very, very delighted about this box set, in my opinion an obvious example of a five star rating on PA (I only needed 1 second to consider this)!

 The Night Siren by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.68 | 144 ratings

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The Night Siren
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Booba Kastorsky

3 stars I'm not a kind of Steve's fan that loves everything he does. So, I'm far from being auto-buyer of Steve's albums. I bought this album after reading a long list of cool collaborators, samples on YouTube, some reviews and in anticipation of a great 5.1 Blu-Ray sound. Yes, I'm 5.1 sucker and collector! :) I was really disappointed! I don't want to write too much about music: other people here did it already. I just want to say I liked it more than I expected. However, the sound and mix SUCK, big time! This so-called "Blu-Ray" "DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio" sounds worse than miserable Dolby Digital DVDs from 1990! Drums virtually non-exists! They are barely audible, and what you hear deep beneath layers of vocals, guitar and keys sounds like kids play on toy drums. Slapping and hissing. Bass guitar is also not there. The only good news is vocals, guitar and keyboard parts are audible. Overall mix sounds like some bad troll grabbed the master tape before it was transferred to DVD and CD and cut all low and high frequencies. Sorry, maybe this is just me, but I can't fully enjoy music that sounds that miserable! As of 5.1, I noticed some sound was coming from rare speakers just a couple of times. Channel separation is poor: instrument parts scattered among channels , everything comes from all channels most of the time, including voice that supposed to come from the center. If you don't trust me, just spin anything else, like, for instance latest The Tangent opus (which is not exactly audiophile quality, but much better sounding!), to hear the big difference! Did Steve listen to this product before releasing it? Probably not, because, according to reviews, people don't give a damn about it. :( Overall: Music: - 4. One of the best Steve's albums with a lot of good tunes, details and nuances. Sound: - 2. The bad mix killed this excellent alum!
 The Night Siren by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.68 | 144 ratings

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The Night Siren
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars One has to admit that legendary guitarist Steve Hackett has carved out quite a career, easily the most prolific and consistent of all the former Genesis maestros. Eschewing commercial fame and fortune, this consummate artist has always remained faithful and committed to a progressive rock experience defined by his unique and pioneering style. While there are a few technician-focused fans who would want an endless revamping of his classic Firth of Fifth solo, done in 100 different variations, he is the master of his own destiny and rightly so. Thus, all his solo albums have a linear core that is his undeniable muse which explains why this, his 25th studio album, fits perfectly in the grand Hackett scheme of things. What I really enjoy the most is his allegiance to a dedicated crew who understand his vision and craft, thus supplying the perfect platform for his compositions. Master keyboardist Roger King has been around for decades, applying dense symphonic sheen to each track, the powerful Gary O'Toole's drumming has also been around for quite a span. Wind man Rob Townsend applies all forms of flute, sax and such. Throw in past contributors Amanda Lehmann, Nick D'Virgilio, Ben Fenner, Nad Sylvan, Troy Donockley and a few newcomers and you get exactly what you expect: a diversified and entertaining set list that spans a wide swath of style and sound. On the other hand, I truly miss the exotic low end presence of the masterful Nick Beggs, perhaps one of the finest bass players on the planet. The biggest difference with "Wolflight" (seen by many critics as a very similar album) is that the tracks here seems to flow one into another with nary a whimper or doubt. This is especially obvious within the first bloc of 4 tracks.

Lest we forget, Steve also sparkles on acoustic, Spanish and nylon guitar, as witnessed by a few non-electric releases that form part and parcel of his vast body of work. The opener "Behind the Smoke" is a dizzying vortex of sound and fury, belted with those Kashmir-ian symphonic cascades that conjure Far Eastern images, welded by some whirling dervish pyrotechnics that only he can muster. Wispy, cloudy, opaque and at times blustery, this is a fine opening track and an outright jewel on its own. Slight deflection into a different zone, "Martian Sea" is also very ingenious, incorporating sinewy sitar-guitar noodlings that are awe-inspiring. The James Bond-ish twang of "Fifty Miles from the North Pole" is super cool, very mindful of Phil Manzanera's magical "Listen Now" album, a unique British form of pop-prog that is sadly very understated and yet highly interesting. The atmosphere is lush and dense, a brooding sense of foreboding and I daresay, danger that is ultimately quite thrilling. There is so much genial instrumental activity here: violin, didgeridoo, trumpet, choir voices and double bass. Steve launches a series of blistering bleeds, typical of his slow-hand style, a master of simple complexity (or is it complex simplicity?). The sparkling "El Nino" recalls certain themes that wink back at the Genesis days (see if you prog sleuths can pick 'em out), as well as that main theme in Jeff Wayne's classic War of the Worlds album, the disturbingly ominous orchestrations that instill a sense of dread. There is also a brazen classical lift that many will recognize. It's all very fun.

Another bend in the road takes the listener to "Other Side of the Wall", perhaps referring to a nostalgic revisit of a 'garden wall' that started this trespassed nursery cryme that sold England by the pound until the Lamb lied down on Broadway. I, perhaps contrary to other critics, found this simple, minimalist piece quite revealing and deeply engaging. Again this segues nicely into a pleasant frolic with the flamenco-tinged "Anything but Love", not really outright prog but this is a perennial Hackett trait. He actually plays harmonica quite well and his extended electric guitar solo adds the necessary fizz to make this sparkle in the rain.

"Inca Terra" is another major highlight, a perfectly constructed prog-rock epic that encapsulates the Hackett musical credo, offering a wide panorama of stylistic twists and turns , quirky vocal harmonics, immediate melodies that need little deciphering , a gentle pace and unforeseen evolution into the deepest progressive rock recesses. Kudos here to vocalist Nad Sylvan, who really shows his mettle, crafting a convincing body of sound. But when Steve unleashes his fiery guitar, the path becomes increasingly clear, the man is quite the legend.

Discovering traditional roots has always been a Hackett tradition, so "In Another Life" offers the Troy Donockley Celtic treatment on his Uilleann pipes, firmly allied with Steve's fluid and ripping guitar lead, this piece strangely sounding almost like a Mike Oldfield composition. Lots of ebb and flow, misty melancholia and cinematic atmosphere.

The windswept "In the Skeleton Gallery" revives the oft-quoted Kashmirian essence, blushed with those slightly Saharan orchestrations, fortified by a pummeling binary pulse and some bewildering wind instrument (clarinet, I believe) work from Rob Townsend. Sinewy, bold and comforting, the track takes the listener into the upper levels of imagery and sound detail. The second section goes in an altogether different realm, an odd marching military pace amid swirling strings and a hard rock denouement that does the trick. Hackett as his most creative and spectacular, taking risks and be damned.

The sweeping euphoria of "West to East" recalls the tormented symphonics of past jewels like "In Memoriam", loaded with colossal contrasts and bombastic expanses. In many ways, archetypal of what makes Hackett an original and dedicated artist, with his very own style and with little need to dilly-dally about. Roger King again shows off his remarkable composing and arranging. The rather upbeat Floydian style is a pure skill that really hits the mark.

The album draws to an end with "The Gift", an affectionate portrayal of the patented Hackett tone, all slippery and emotional. The master of sustain and thrill. And consistently so?. A thoroughly entertaining and professional work from the guitarist who needs no more accolades, "I know what I like" and I choose to like it a lot.

4 blaring eves

 The Night Siren by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.68 | 144 ratings

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The Night Siren
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by Stiyekton

4 stars This is a good, entertaining, and interesting album that is better than Wolflight mainly because the ideas here are more developed. "Behind the Smoke," one of the highlights of the album, is a exciting, heavy song that does a great job as an opener with catchy melodies, a dark feel, and a great buildup in the middle. "Martian Sea," a song with a bit of a punk vibe, is not one of the best tracks on the album, with a chorus that is just too catchy and an instrumental section that seems like it might have just been improvised. "Fifty Miles from the North Pole" is better, with interesting singing, guitar playing, drumming, and mood changes that keep the song interesting for its seven minutes. The instrumental "El NiƱo" is in my opinion the best track on the album. This track is very melodic and also musically interesting with its seamless time signature changes and its signature Steve Hackett style. "Other Side of the Wall" is a less interesting track that does not really go anywhere. "Anything But Love" is a fun song with Latin influences that still manages to feel like Steve Hackett. "Inca Terra" is one of the best tracks on the album. This track just manages to pack several different styles, with good vocal melodies, interesting rhythms, and changes in atmosphere, all while still being very cohesive. "In Another Life" really just seems like a generic filler track. "In the Skeleton Gallery" is another highlight of the album, with a dark vocal section giving way to a part with a weird rhythm followed by some great guitar playing and drumming. "West to East" is a simple song with a fun, happy chorus, and the instrumental part from the first track works extraordinarily well as a part of this song. "The Gift" is an emotional ending that works well but is not one of the more memorable parts of the album. While this album does have a little bit of filler, it is overall a worthy and memorable part of Steve Hackett's career, and it is more than worth checking out.
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