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Much of Hackett’s appeal is his balancing of work from his Genesis days (Wind And Wuthering’s 40th on his latest tour) with new music that involves many musicians and musical strands. The Night Siren has singers from Israel and Palestine and instruments ranging from the oud to uilleann pipes. It’s prog rock in bold strokes, interlacing virtuosity, clever arrangements and cinematic production. Behind The Smoke makes use of a quiet-loud arrangement where the heavy guitar and orchestral middle eastern riff serves as bedding for scorching lines from Steve. Martian Sea is uptempo with rich harmony vocals and killing guitar, before changing into a psychedelic mid-tempo groove. El Nino has a mix of Gilmour soaring and Vai-like gargles and speed bursts. Most impressive! For Steve’s evocative nylon string playing, Other Side Of The Wall is outstanding. If you like big sounding music, great guitar playing and strong leanings to world music, Steve Hackett is for you!