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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)

4.24 | 1327 ratings
Voyage Of The Acolyte
1975
3.59 | 569 ratings
Please Don't Touch!
1978
4.16 | 830 ratings
Spectral Mornings
1979
3.65 | 464 ratings
Defector
1980
2.42 | 301 ratings
Cured
1981
2.95 | 266 ratings
Highly Strung
1982
3.36 | 241 ratings
Bay Of Kings
1983
2.41 | 213 ratings
Till We Have Faces
1984
3.15 | 169 ratings
Momentum
1988
3.27 | 227 ratings
Guitar Noir
1993
2.95 | 135 ratings
Blues With A Feeling
1994
3.42 | 319 ratings
Genesis Revisited
1996
3.59 | 169 ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997
3.78 | 298 ratings
Darktown
1999
3.47 | 146 ratings
Sketches Of Satie
2000
2.54 | 130 ratings
Feedback 86
2000
3.77 | 372 ratings
To Watch The Storms
2003
3.60 | 186 ratings
Metamorpheus
2005
3.75 | 309 ratings
Wild Orchids
2006
3.55 | 109 ratings
Tribute
2008
3.66 | 351 ratings
Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth
2009
3.85 | 413 ratings
Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
2011
3.87 | 489 ratings
Genesis Revisited II
2012
3.79 | 370 ratings
Wolflight
2015
3.68 | 152 ratings
The Night Siren
2017
4.07 | 140 ratings
At The Edge Of Light
2019

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

3.79 | 75 ratings
Time Lapse
1992
3.92 | 58 ratings
There Are Many Sides To The Night
1994
3.96 | 146 ratings
The Tokyo Tapes
1998
4.52 | 80 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
4.31 | 30 ratings
Live Archive 04
2004
3.74 | 25 ratings
Live Archive 05
2005
2.93 | 21 ratings
Live Archive 83
2006
4.32 | 106 ratings
Rails Live
2010
4.50 | 114 ratings
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
2013
4.13 | 79 ratings
Genesis Revisited : Live at The Royal Albert Hall
2014
3.60 | 5 ratings
Access All Areas
2014
4.06 | 41 ratings
The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
2016
4.11 | 19 ratings
Summer Storms & Rocking Rivers (with Djabe)
2017
4.18 | 23 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
4.14 | 65 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)

2.86 | 31 ratings
The Unauthorised Biography
1992
4.45 | 11 ratings
Guitare Classique
2001
3.49 | 29 ratings
Genesis Files
2002
3.20 | 27 ratings
Genesis Revisited II: Selection
2013
4.81 | 16 ratings
Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983
2015
4.40 | 5 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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 At The Edge Of Light by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.07 | 140 ratings

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Review by peskypesky

4 stars Is it possible that in 2019, Steve Hackett has released his best solo album? It doesn't seem possible....but I think he may have done it. This album is a fantastic, inspired prog rock masterpiece. I don't even know where to begin praising it. Steve's playing is off the charts. At times he reminds me of guitar god Jeff Beck, at other times Steve Howe. But it's not those guys. It's like Steve has decided to stop being modest and show what he can really do.

The album is powerful, full of great riffs, but it's also melodic and lush. And Steve's singing has left me stunned! He sounds like John Wetton. When did Steve get this voice??

I really can't believe how good this album is.

 Voyage Of The Acolyte by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.24 | 1327 ratings

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Review by FalconBleck

5 stars #33 Review

As i said, i'll be reviewing Steve Hackett, but probably only this album for now because i plan to review so many more things so i'll break my rule of reviewing everything from an artist before moving on.

The first Genesis member solo project, not only that, but it was in-between Genesis albums and it was made by most Genesis members except for Tony Banks, the mellotron role was taken by the Hackett brothers and that (maybe) got more time to Tony so he could write almost the entirety of A Trick of the Tail.

1.- Ace of Wands 10/10 I listen to this instrumental everyday, i just love it. It has inspired me on many things, i tend to think while listening to this music piece, imagining new worlds and ideas. It starts strong, gets slower when it needs to be, then it goes all jam, really energetic and finally epic, its amazing, it shows the skills of every Genesis member (aside from Tony Banks, the only Genesis member not present in this album) and it just works, probably the best solo instrumental never done by Genesis.

2.- Hand of the Priestess (Part 1) 10/10 The first time i heard this i started crying, its so beautyful, like it reflects innocence in its purest form, no wonder why Koji Kondo used a piece from this theme as the theme for Princess Zelda from the videogame series The Legend of Zelda. This instrumental also has like some suspicious sounding guitar notes in the background that pop from time to time, giving advice for whats to come in the next theme...

3.- A Tower Struck Down 10/10 I really like the atmosphere and the odd time signature used through the song, i could discount a point because i think that this theme could've been a little more weird, like there are parts where it repeats a little bit, aside from that, my favorite part is the "cough" for some reason. The ending of this theme is perfect and segues really well to the next piece...

4.- Hands of the Priestess (Part 2) 10/10 So after all that nightmare it appears that light has returned again, this reprise of the first part its even more pretty and i really love it, even though its really short, its a curcial piece for this 3 song suite that should be listen completely and in its entirety its a solid 10.

5.- The Hermit 8/10 The first 1/3 of the album has been pretty solid so far, mainly because it was all instrumental, while i think that this song is really well crafted, it feels really simple, like it doesn't transport me like the rest of the album has done so far, this song has much simpler instrumentation but for what it tries to convey it does it really well. It is also a really short song.

6.- Star of Sirius 6/10 Really peaceful guitar and vocals, while the mellotron its filled with mistery (an strong suit for that instrument), it reminds me of another videogame music but i can't remember wich (maybe it was some Paper Mario idk). Then the song goes all faster and adventurous and that's when i expected a Tony Banks solo for some reason, but instead it gets back into peaceful/misterious and reprises Hands of the Priestess, wich is beautyful and makes me forget about the solo for a while. And that's the thing with this song, it gives me the impression that its gonna do more, there's a moment where the guitar enters, does an small solo, then reprises Ace of Wands and the song goes back to that moving part that doesn't actually move me that much while reprising parts from Ace of Wands again. So in the end, it repeats itself and doesn't feel as developed as the rest of the album so far.

7.- The Lovers 8/10 I don't know what was this 1:50 instrumental that felt like 10 seconds, this should've been part of Star of Sirius, if it was, that song would be a 7/10, i liked how it made me felt, like the story ended and there they are, the silhouettes of the lovers grabbed by the hand at the edge of some cliff.

8.- Shadow of the Hierophant 9/10 Strikes really hard after the last song, i really love the voice and the sense of holyness that this theme gives, really peaceful and then the mellotron explodes with pure energy, simply beautyful, gets a little repetitive but then it changes, the evil is dissapearing and the good enters at last, the guitar has some notes from Ace of Wands, then that part with the Xylophone nails the strike, nothing more innocent than that instrument, but something its surging on the back, one of my favorite instrument parts, gives a soundtrack vibe, the fight isn't over and it'll continue going on for eternity.

So, in the end, is this the best album that Genesis never made? I don't think so, but its the best prog album that a Genesis solo member has done (Unless Ant proves me wrong with The Geese and the Ghost) with an score of 89/100, but i'll give it 5 stars anyways, the first 1/3 and the last song are a must to hear, The Hermit with The Lovers could make a nice complement to the overall greatness but i just really can't get into Star of Sirius, it bores me.

Well, i've updated the reviews for Abacab and Still, but right now i don't know what else to update, i'll maybe review some Genesis Side-B's, but more importantly, my next big reviews will be some Yes albums, i've been listening to a lot of Yes lately (along with Genesis) and i really feel the need to review like 6 albums from them.

 At The Edge Of Light by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.07 | 140 ratings

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Review by Trinity S

5 stars Those Golden Wings - real classics - what a treat , what a joy! It starts from gentle symphonic landscape and turned into classy art rock anthem , to me it's a highlight track like Dave Gilmour "comfortably numb" but in in a HACKETTs vein! Fantastically beautiful 11 mins + track to start with! "Beasts in our Time " another jewel and the whole symphonic atmosphere just complements the music. You know, some of themes are close to Camel "harbor of tears" even Steve's vocals!! But to me it's a compliment) I read some not positive comments saying that the album is safe or more of the same .. will not agree.. this is another gem by a master that should be in your collection! After this album I've returned to listen to 4-5 older albums. Ps. Special thank you to Roger King for this symphonic contribution!
 At The Edge Of Light by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.07 | 140 ratings

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Review by The Jester

5 stars Review #105

Earlier this year, the legendary ex-guitar player of Genesis, Steve Hackett, released his 26th studio album, named as At the Edge of Light. Having enjoyed his two previous works Wolflight and The Night Siren (but mostly Wolflgiht), I didn't hesitate at all! I don't know how to describe it, but this album begins where the previous ones stopped. It is more or less in the same style, but in my opinion is better than both of them. Steve Hackett (as it seems), decided that the style of music he wants to play is this; Progressive Rock with lots of Ethnic influences, and many soft melodic turns. He gave us a first idea of that style with ' the very good ' Wolflight, he went a step back with The Night Siren, and now it was the time for the killing blow! And that blow came with the release of At the Edge of Light. To be honest, I wasn't so hopeful after The Night Siren, and that's why I caught by surprise. I still cannot believe how good this album is!

Steve Hackett managed to 'marry' his very rich Progressive Rock heritage with tunes from - mostly - Anatolian traditional music, and the result is simply breathtaking! Of course, the cherry on the cake is his top-notch guitar performance, but that's not a surprise.

The listener gets a first idea of what's going to follow with the 2-minute-long Fallen Walls and Pedestrals, that works as the album's intro. And then comes Beasts in our Time, one of the album's finest moments without a doubt. But the album's absolute highlight is (in my opinion) the 11-minute-long, Those Golden Wings, which, constantly shifts between gentle rhythms, orchestral backed vocals to a real ear-worm of a riff, to a Carmina Burana-esque choral section to be finally resolved with a three minute guitar solo.

At the Edge of Light includes 10 tracks, and to be honest, to only one that I do not like (yet), is Shadow and Flame, because of its strong Indian influences that were never my cup of tea. I do not wish to continue writing more things, because there is no point doing that. If you take a look around the internet, read the reviews for this album, and even better, listen to it, you will understand why everybody's talking about it.

For me, this is a wonderful album, that shines above most albums that has been released during these last years. As for Steve Hackkett, I believe that it is one of his best works ever! Not paying attention to this album would be a huge mistake! My Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5.0)

 Spectral Mornings by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.16 | 830 ratings

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Spectral Mornings
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by CeeJayGee

5 stars The Gabriel/ Hackett era of Genesis is by far my favourite for the band. By the time I was able to see the band perform live, Gabriel had left but I saw Steve Hackett in the band a couple of times before he left in 1977. I bought his first solo albums but, for some reason, I didn't buy Spectral Mornings on its release and it is only in the last 15 years that I have fully appreciated this fine album within what is now a huge body of work over 44 years. The guitar performances throughout are a delight as you would expect. There are eight very different tracks on the album which range from the light-hearted through oriental, folk and melancholy styles. The album opens with Every Day, a foot tapping rocker with a beautiful melodic theme which builds to a glorious conclusion and is probably my favourite track. The Virgin and the Gypsy is a lovely lullaby. The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere is a delightful oriental instrumental. Clocks ? The Angel Of Mons opens like a noisy mantelpiece ticking clock followed by an edgy theme that develops into a typical Hackett rocker that closes with a dramatic drum solo. The Ballad of the Decomposing Man and Tigermoth are the lighter humorous tracks that are both enjoyable and add to the variety of the album. Lost Time In Cordoba is a lovely folksey instrumental and the album closes with the anthemic Spectral Mornings. A brilliant album.
 To Watch The Storms by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.77 | 372 ratings

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To Watch The Storms
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Steve Hackett's 16th studio album "To Watch the Storms" was released in 2003, 4 years after what many fans consider one of his masterpieces, "Darkroom". This album has quite a variety of styles and guests. It is definitely versatile, yet there is that feeling of cohesiveness for the most part.

Here is a quick review of the tracks. "Strutton Ground" is mostly light and acoustic with simple vocals and melody. "Circus of Becoming" is more upbeat, but keeps the same basic light sound, that is until the more appealing instrumental breaks that are progressive. "The Devil is an Englishman" is a cover of a song written by Thomas Dolby ("One of Our Submarines", "She Blinded Me with Science"). Hackett speaks in a dramatic and character driven vocal. This is an interesting track with an upbeat style with synths driving the music. "Frozen Statues" and "Mechanical Bride" are two very progressive songs with outbursts of guitar and orchestral sections, both very good tracks. The first is somewhat experimental where the 2nd is a prog-heads dream, actually getting chaotic at times with a lot of musical humor.

"Wind, Sand and Stars" begins with atmospheric sounds and is soon joined by a Spanish influenced acoustic guitar. This instrumental acoustic track showcases Steve's amazing guitar talent. Later, he is joined by piano and strings with various other sounds. This track is beautiful. "Brand New" features Ian McDonald (King Crimson) on sax. It starts with another acoustic introduction before vocals start and then the full band kicks in. This pattern repeats. Some cool effects, harmonized layers, guitar solo, multiple tempos and meters. "This World" is more straightforward and pleasant, like an Alan Parsons Project tune, except with a very emotional guitar solo towards the end. "Rebecca" is also a softer track with processed harmonized vocals, more complexity in this track than the previous one. There is a sudden change in the instrumental break as every instrument gets to make a statement against a suddenly upbeat background before returning to the original theme. "The Silk Road" utilizes traditional instruments and rhythm elements with Latin and Eastern influences. The vocals are a little odd, but the rest of the track is very engaging. The track is very progressive with ever changing sounds, instruments and etc.

At this point, the special edition has three extra tracks starting with the short and atmospheric "Pollution B". "Fire Island" is definitely very bluesy starting with guitar and organ. Hackett gives his best Clapton vocal impersonation. Nice track anyway with a great guitar solo as expected. No prog influences here, but I love me some blues! "Marijuana Assassin of Youth" begins with orchestra effects and sax and kooky lyrics and harmonized vocals. Church organ. Suddenly, it becomes heavy with a rockabilly riff while they make fun of the Batman theme and throw in various rock n roll themes. Vocals sound almost like Mark Knopfler.

Now, we return to the track list of the original release with "Come Away". Processed layered harmonies against a folk-ish track with flutes, accordion and acoustic guitars and maybe a synthesized saw. "The Moon Under Water" has a nice baroque-era vibe to the acoustic guitar solo that you might accidentally credit to Steve Howe if you aren't paying attention. "Serpentine Song" features more processed harmony against an orchestral effect. The flute on this one is performed by Steve's brother John Hackett. Again, this has an Alan Parsons Project vibe to it. Or, if you have heard Brian Eno and John Cale's collaboration, it also sounds similar to that, at least as far as the harmonies go. Then there is Hackett's beautiful guitar work that sets it apart and a sax solo at the end. The special edition then throws in another bonus track called "If You Only Knew". This is an acoustic guitar solo, slow and lovely, almost hymn like.

I know people who would complain about the many styles of music on this album, that it isn't cohesive, but the variety is what I love about it all. Yes, Hackett gets to shine many times on this album, but he allows his collaborators and guests to shine also. There are so many varied styles here, some songs have a lot of progressive traits while others have hardly any at all. But all the while, the music is well done, with only a few weak tracks here and there, but not enough to really take away from the enjoyment of the album. Alas, it doesn't quite make 5 stars, but it is still one of my favorite albums from this amazing musician.

 At The Edge Of Light by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.07 | 140 ratings

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At The Edge Of Light
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

4 stars The album title illustrates the idea that the world is on the edge of falling in a dark place or that we can discover a way out where conflicts, war could leave the place to peace and love. Steve is trying to bring with his music light into this world that contains elements of shadow and light. First off, the production is perfect from the first note, this not amateur recording. Again, Steve is joined by a group of musicians from all over the world. He praised their greatness in the booklet and in the documentary on the DVD. It's not often that we can hear in prog rock music instruments like tar, sitar, and didgeridoo. I just learn that last word yesterday... It's no surprise that we find some world music but never for too long. Apart from Steve's great guitar playing what strikes me is the methodical work of Roger King on all the orchestral arrangements. Here, the machine has helped a lot the human bringing that atmospheric vibe, the perfect soundtrack for a movie that takes you in a different place in a different time. There is a variety of songs. "Hungry Years" is a pop song. "Those Golden Wings" is the love song and there are some vocal and protest songs. At the end of the album, we have a trilogy of songs starting with a copy of Ravel "Bolero" with the song "Descent" and ending with the vocal and peaceful song that gives hope to the future of the world. The first 2 tracks are linked to each other and show a great and heavy start that continues until the short didgeridoo break in the track "Under the Eye of the Sun". The longest track "Those Golden Wings" is a beautiful love song where the gospel choir arrangements and the romantic intro add to the emotion. "Conflict" shows again the great orchestral arrangements of Roger King. This is not a perfect album, some will not love to hear the same Hackett style, but for me, I can take the same Hackett each year and in surround, it's even better.
 At The Edge Of Light by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.07 | 140 ratings

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At The Edge Of Light
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by mariorockprog

4 stars 4.25: as today in 2019, the most recent album of Steve Hackett and the the 25th in his career . Musically, It is a very good album, I'm impressed with the quality of this one, very eclectic sound, including more heavier guitars and dark symphonic ambient, it sounds like a combination of king crimson riffs, neo symphonic and a few of their classic roots from genesis. In fact, sometimes it sound like space and ambient rock, so you never get bored because of the constant changes in the music. Lyrically, i consider it good, In my interpretation,it has very dark thematic too, it talks about you have to affront that kind of periods and appreciate more the things that matters to you. Vocally, his voice accompanied very well the music and adds different melodies and tonalities to the songs. The songs are very progressive, a lot of changes of rhythm are present, the keyboards set a dark ambient and the guitars are very heavy, they surprised you every time they appear among the dark ambient, the solos are really entertained. A very different work in comparison with his first albums and genesis work, but a very good work made at the final product. A really good album, his third best in my opinion and an excellent addition to any prog collection.
 At The Edge Of Light by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.07 | 140 ratings

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At The Edge Of Light
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by BMWRider

5 stars I received a preview copy of this album for my podcast and can say it has seriously grown on me. I am an admitted Hackett fan, but my love for this album goes beyond my support of his career. He has synthesized his sounds and influences on this release, presenting a mixture of guitar clinic, compositional dexterity, and very good vocals. This release is rock/prog/blues/gospel/world and at no time is it cliched. Steve has really gifted progressive rock fans, and fans of Genesis with a strong and truly progressive release. It is always interesting, well played and tight. It is 4.5 stars in my mind, rounding up because I know it was made in a very short window!
 At The Edge Of Light by HACKETT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.07 | 140 ratings

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At The Edge Of Light
Steve Hackett Eclectic Prog

Review by proghaven

3 stars What an impressive evolution! 45 years of solo career, 18 studio albums... Though I'd say really memorable are only Spectral Mornings, Guitar Noir, Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth and Beyond The Shrouded Horizon. (Sorry I cannot share the epidemic enthusiasm for Voyage Of The Acolyte, I find this album over-sophisticated on the verge of bad taste.) Fortunately, soon after his solo debut Hackett stopped competing with Banks in composing music, and really became Hackett. Not Hackett from Genesis but Hackett himself. After his three brilliant late 1970s albums (Please Don't Touch, Spectral Mornings and Defector), there's not too much to be said about his 1980s and even 1990s. He had very interesting and fruitful 2000s triumphantly crowned with two extraordinary albums in 2009 and 2011. But since then, something strange occurs. No I don't think that every prog album must be a musical drama or tragedy like Pink Floyd's The Wall. There were plenty of great prog albums with no conflict (or invective, or so) inside, their quintessence may be expressed by the word 'bliss' or 'beatificate'. For example, Wakeman's Suntrilogy, especially Aspirant Sunrise. There were also prog albums bearing 'happiness' or even just 'joy' as a musical quintessence. For example, the only album by ABWH, or Minimum Vital's Esprit d'Amour, or Fanatic by Jadis. But what if some complacency can be heard in joy expressed by musical means? What if the music sounds as if it was written by a rich tourist for other rich tourists? I have nothing against epicureanism in music. But if the only message I get from an artist is 'I'm fine and my circumstances are OK', I suspect I wasted my time for listening. Is a message of this sort enough for a musician of Hackett's caliber? I doubt it. But since Wolflight he steadily makes a rich tourist's music, bringing the only message 'I feel fine and enjoy my life', full of superficial joy and confined emotions. At The Edge Of Light seems to be the extreme degree of Hackett's current musical epicureanism. Not only the emotions but even the melodies and arrangements are confined. Yes there're a couple of interesting orchestral moments in Beasts In Our Time and Those Golden Wings. There are also pleasant hints of world music in a few tracks. But where is that unique and inimitable Steve Hackett of spectral mornings and shrouded horizons? Who took him away? and does he plan to get back in the foreseeable future?
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