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3.99 | 126 ratings | 6 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Obliterati (2:17)
2. Natalia (6:17)
3. Relaxation Music for Sharks (feat. Feeding Frenzy) (4:36)
4. Wingbeats (5:20)
5. The Devil's Cathedral (6:31)
6. Held in the Shadows (6:20)
7. Shanghai to Samarkand (8:27)
8. Fox's Tango (4:21)
9. Day of the Dead (6:25)
10. Scorched Earth (6:03)
11. Esperanza (1:04)

Total Time 57:41

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Hackett / nylon, steel string & 12-string guitars, oud, charango, sitar, harmonica, vocals, co-producer

- Roger King / keyboards, programming & orchestral arrangements
- Rob Townsend / saxophone, clarinet
- Jonas Reingold / bass
- Nad Sylvan / vocals
- Craig Blundell / drums

- Phil Ehart / drums
- Nick D'Virgilio / drums
- Amanda Lehmann / vocals
- Durga / vocals
- Lorelei McBroom / vocals
- Christine Townsend / violin, viola
- Malik Mansurov / tar
- Sodirkhon Ubaidulloev / dutar

Releases information

Lanel: Inside Out Music
Format: Vinyl, CD, Digital
September 10, 2021

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STEVE HACKETT Surrender of Silence ratings distribution

(126 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team
5 stars After the peaceful acoustic release "Under a Mediterranean Sky", Steve Hackett is back on his electric formula mode. He is with long-time musicians, Roger King on keys, and orchestral arrangements, and Rob Townsend on sax. The drum parts are split up between 3 drummers. Jonas Reingold is on most of the tracks on bass.

The first track is instrumental and sounds like a movie score for an action hero film. The song "Natalia" is Russian music with some well-known passages done in collaboration with his wife. Steve is singing with some opera singing and orchestral arrangements. Again you can hear an action movie in the instrumental section. Then it has some tasty and authentic violin playing. "Relaxation Music For Sharks" has some intriguing special effect intro before the drums of Nick D'Virgilio kick-off to bring the song to a faster pace. Steve is getting loose on his guitar playing. Not too relaxing, but it's for sharks!

"Wingbeats" has some African beats and singing that is not too far from what Peter Gabriel made with his band. There are some tribal drums but adding the guitar, it's done in a Hackett style. "The Devil's Cathedral" has a horror atmosphere with the dark organ playing of Roger King all this embellished with some orchestral arrangements. "Held in the Shadows is a love song dedicated to Steve's wife. It's romantic but with a kick of Rock! I enjoy the heavy parts that are in contrast to the beginning.

"Shanghai To Samarkand" put us now in the oriental part of the world where classical music meets world music, the music doing most of the talking here. When the Kansas drummer arrives, we are in a more familiar Hackett style before going back to the world music beat. "Fox Tango" Steve is getting loose again with his Gibson guitar which reminds me in some specific passages of Brian May.

"Day of the Dead" is another horror-inspired movie now a Mexican one. "Scorched Earth" is a warning song to save the earth from destruction. It's a beautiful song that has a clear and intentional lighter mood. I enjoyed the orchestral arrangements here. It ends with a short and peaceful song with some lovely guitar parts of Steve showing his love for classical music.

As much as I still rave for Steve Hackett's first albums, He has improved a lot in his songwriting style surpassing the Genesis influence with some fusion music that brings more variety and textures to his music.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars I think this is Steve's 28th studio album, which is probably more than the combined output of those he left in Genesis, but although I saw him play earlier this year none of this material was featured as he was touring his highly popular Genesis Revisited shows. So, when it comes to prog he has two back catalogues that are very different, while he is still releasing new and wonderful music even though he is now in his seventies. Over the last 40+ years he has released music from many different styles, being one of the few prog musicians to go the whole hog and write and record classical music, and he can play solo acoustic classical performances as well as standing in front of an electric band, and in many ways this album is a coming together of his past while also looking in new directions.

He provides nylon, steel string & 12-string guitars, oud, charango, sitar, harmonica, and vocals, and is joined by one of his touring line-ups with Roger King (keyboards, programming & orchestral arrangements), Rob Townsend (saxophone, clarinet), Jonas Reingold (bass), Nad Sylvan (vocals) and Craig Blundell (drums) while he has also brought in additional musicians which includes two more drummers in Phil Ehart (Kansas) and Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard etc). Musically he is moving through tribal, New Age, classical and prog, but surely the whole album should be deemed as progressive as he is truly pushing boundaries and mixing and blending styles together to create something which is vital and hugely impressive.

Many old progheads, like me, will have a strong fondness for his early solo albums as they were released when we were teenagers and had a massive impact on us. However, unlike many of his contemporaries from back then he has continued to tour and record incessantly, and his current output is to the same high standard as it has always been. When asked my favourite period of Genesis, I always give the same answer, Hackett (as opposed to the normal Gabriel or Collins) and there is no doubt that he has continued to develop and deliver even since leaving that entity. Listen to his music with an open mind and discover that Hackett is still pushing himself and his followers yet even though he keeps moving this is always identifiable and part of his canon as opposed to being removed. One never knows what to expect from his albums, except they will always be sheer class, and this is no exception.

Review by fuxi
3 stars I've got a few reservations about this album, such as: just what does Mr Hackett think he's doing, using a fake Russian choir AND orchestra on a supposedly serious song like 'Natalia'? Doesn't he realise it sounds awfully kitsch? How can he dedicate an entire tune to what he calls 'Africa, Earth's wildest garden', while adding that 'the quickening heartbeat of Africa ignites your soul'? Doesn't he realise (to quote Dipo Faloyin) that 'Africa is not a country'? Why does he sing lead on most of his tunes when some of his collaborators (notably Nad Sylvan and Amanda Lehmann, both of whom appear in secondary roles) would have done a far better job? And why all the fawning over his current wife Jo, to whom he devotes one particularly cringe-inducing ballad, and whom he praises effusively in his liner notes?

But when I sit back and just let SURRENDER OF SILENCE wash over me, I must admit most of the album is full of pleasant surprises and expertly arranged. There's a lot of heavy riffing, some fine tunes you can whistle along to, and best of all: almost every track features inspired guitar solos that must be counted among the most urgent our Steve has recorded this century. I admit I never bothered with WOLF LIGHT or THE NIGHT SIREN (the reviews were too discouraging) but SURRENDER definitely sounds far more convincing than 2019's AT THE EDGE OF LIGHT. It may not break new ground but it clearly shows there's life in the old boy yet, and if you like the sound of his electric guitar I'd even say it's must.

Latest members reviews

5 stars For me, Steve Hackett is a wonderful musician and a prolific composer with a huge body of work that continues to grow apace. Surrender Of Silence was his second release of 2021, with Under A Mediterranean Sky, another fine release, coming out early in the year having been written in the pandemic ... (read more)

Report this review (#2739795) | Posted by CeeJayGee | Thursday, April 28, 2022 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Steve Hackett is one of the busiest artists in the prog world. Since 1975 and also after his departure from Genesis he released an album nearly every year. And with these albums he never ceased to surprise me. In his latest release 'Surrender of Silence' he combines more than ever before classical i ... (read more)

Report this review (#2633718) | Posted by Formentera Lady | Saturday, November 13, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Steve keeps closing the gap between his both approaches to prog, that's to say, between his 'classical' leanings and his more specifically rock oriented output. In his previous album, he had already melded the contributions of his band with the sounds of orchestra & soloists, but keeping things stri ... (read more)

Report this review (#2593956) | Posted by Heart of the Matter | Sunday, September 12, 2021 | Review Permanlink

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