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   STEVE HACKETT
To Watch The Storms
2003
Inside Out
http://www.stevehackett.com


rating: 3/5

1. Strutton Ground
2. Circus Of Becoming
3. The Devil Is An Englishman
4. Frozen Statues
5. Mechanical Bride
6. Wind, Sand And Stars
7. Brand New
8. This World
9. Rebecca
10. The Silk Road
11. Come Away
12. The Moon Under Water
13. Serpentine Song

Steve Hackett became known as the guitarist of Genesis but left the band to pursue his solo career. Having no experience whatsoever of Hacketts earlier efforts I am rather interested to hear what secrets or treasures this album holds within. My assumptions vary from harmless radio-friendly pop music to 70's era progressive rock. This promotional copy features only four tracks and based on these ones I'm not that far off with my assumptions. I'm also lost at counting the amount of his albums but this must be his zillionth solo effort. In addition to the actual band on the album, there are quite a few guest stars on the album. Hackett himself handles guitars and vocals and a whole bunch of not-so-common instruments like harmonica, optigan, koto, rain stick, chimes and quattro.

The first track on the album, "Brand New", reminds me quite a bit of Yes. The song starts with acoustic guitar and is soon accompanied by some more "rock-like" elements, like saxophone, but the song never gets to grow to anything overly huge, but instead it returns to the acoustic parts. The moody guitar solo on this one is very impressive. "Strutton Ground" is a mellow pop song which with its beautiful and peaceful melodyline reminds me of Beatles. "The Silk Road" is an instrumental that offers us a journey to the world of tribal rhythms. "Serpentine Song" is again an acoustic song that immediately with its melodies takes my thoughts to the 60's and 70's. There's also a wonderful moody flute solo on this song.

I must admit that eventhough my taste in music is slightly heavier, the four songs here are a nice combination of beautiful and moody melodies and skillful playing and there's still room for progressive experimentation. The music can be classified as melodic pop/rock, although there are elements from progressive rock, hard rock, jazz, classical and folk. Versatile it is, that's for sure.

submitted by Aleksi 19.09.2003

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