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Steve Hackett


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4 stars Steve Hackett - Voyage of the Acolyte (1975)

Something old, something new: but not just for Genesis-fans

After troubles in the major English band Genesis Steve Hackett had quit the band and started a solo career on the same label as Genesis, The Famous Charisma label. The majority of the people who would buy his first record would of course be Genesis fans and so the record has lot's of Genesis-like symphonic prog and even some of the members of Genesis have joined Hackett in the studio. Rutherford plays bass and Phil Collins drums and sings on one song. Still it wouldn't be fair to call this a Genesis rip-off. The record has it's own vibe. There are more influences from and classical music, the vocals of Hackett are abstract, there are lot's of gentle acoustic guitar parts, the composition style is different. There are no big epics, but lot's of instrumental parts made into tracks with lot's of ideas without being disturbed by vocal parts. It's like Hackett takes more time to get the special atmosphere he wants to create.

The strong elements of this album are the great symphonic atmospheres, the different approach to symphonic prog, the great recording of the drums (they sounded horrible when Phil played with Genesis), the balanced use of the guitars (he could have made it a solo freakshow, but it really is an album of a complete band) and the abstract/magical sound. The records doesn't have weak parts and flows like one big song. The artwork is brilliant, the inlay of the fold-out sleeve is great.

Some tracks I would like to mention are Star of Sirius and Shadow of the Hierophant. Star of Sirius is most Genesis-like track with vocals of Collins, lot's of instrumental beauty and some catchy parts. Shadow of the Hierophant is totally different. It has a long acoustic intro, a bombastic main theme and a quiet vocal theme with gentle vocals of Sally Oldfield. The long ending section of this song has one theme that starts off quiet and evolves slowly in one big bombastic symphonic rock moment! Very inspired music.

Conclusion. Great début of mister Hackett with a nice combination of Genesis inspired music and classical music played with our beloved symphonic prog band sound. If you don't like Genesis' music you might give this a try. If you do like Genesis or symphonic prog in general this is a high quality album you should not skip! Also people interested in classical music should listen to this. So far this is my favourite Hackett album. Four stars.

friso | 4/5 |


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