Steve hACk­ett

THe nigHT siren

Guitar Techniques - - REVIEWS -

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!

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