Beyond the Shrouded Horizon
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"More of the same" with Steve Hackett is a good thing! "More of the same" means a tremendous variety of virtuoso performances by a musician who is only getting better with age. While many seem to get complacent, Steve continues to push himself, experiment with varied musical styles and add finesse and refinement to his virtuoso guitar playing after over 40 years of plying his trade.
"Beyond the Shrouded Horizon" is probably the most appealing Steve Hackett album I had the pleasure of listening to in the past decade. (and I have listened to them all) Steve Hackett will generally garner four star ratings from me but in comparison with his other albums I must give BTSH five stars. I find myself just stopping, tuning everything else out, and just listening to it.
This album is epic in nature. NEVER boring. It blends seamlessly between strong electric guitar, electronic, acoustic,classical, and fully orchestrated numbers. Many of the songs blend into each other with no pause between tracks making some series of songs more like suites. Steve brings in Chris Squire (Yes) on base for several numbers and incorporates female vocalists on a couple of numbers. A wide variety of guest musicians (enhancing his normal band mates) keeps each song fresh and different. Songs range from rock, to blues, to ballads, to world beat. Orchestrations on some numbers make them rich but never overpowering. The final cut on the first CD "Turn This Island Earth" is nothing short of stunning! This CD, simply put, is marvelous!
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CD. This was well worth the wait. Textures,colours and the band is excellent! He is the only real "Genesis" person that is really trying to make that mark to be more known. In writing him and hearing his interviews via UK radio, he sounds like he really enjoys his life ,his music and now his new bride. The CD is totally fabulous! Its always how Hackett "lays out the tune" is amazing.
The hard textures down to the soft progression that you would miss if you were not listening closely. For people just discovering Steve Hackett. Go back and listen to "Ace of Wands",then maybe "Cured",then this one. My hat is to you my friend,well done on this new release! One note on listening to Hackett cd's. You have to listen to them much more than once to an over all "picture" of what Mr. Hackett creates . Just wonderful.......
This album is glorious! From start to finish, he takes you on a journey around the Earth globe, introducing you to inspired sounds that he no doubt obtained from his many tours to lands far and wide. If you're new to Steve Hackett, this is an excellent album to sample his extraordinary talent. You'll hear wonderful classical sound transition into rock and world music sounds throughout; the music flow is just grand. If you're an old fan of Steve Hackett, don't wait to get this 2-CD album. It is FANTASTIC!
I can't dismiss any of the songs...I love it all. But if I had to highlight anything, it would be the first few songs of the first CD. 'Loch Lomond' is tremendous with a strong rock riff that interchanges with slow and captivating guitar work. 'The Phoenix Flown' displays Steve's wonderful guitarcraft...just GREAT! 'Prairie Angel' is rock anthem sound at its best, then leads into 'A Place Called Freedom' which just leaves me breathless every time I listen to it.
This is a GREAT album from a GREAT artist. One to truly treasure. Enjoy!
For anyone not familiar with Steve Hackett's playing, IMO he has the melodic sensitivity and feel of a David Gilmour or Mark Knopfler, along with the technical prowess and speed of Alan Holdsworth's "shredding" or Robert Fripp's "tapping". Just an all around phenom on guitar, but without all of the unnecessary pomp and flash of many of his contemporaries. Every note he plays is purposeful and structured, and always adds to the overall phrasing and/or feel of the music at hand. He is also an accomplished classical guitarist, and often intertwines his classical influences with his hair raising electric work (mostly on what looks to be a customized Fernandes "Les Paul"). And while many of the other greats of his generation seam to be winding down and mellowing out, Hackett just seems to get better, stronger, faster, and more impressive with age. That goes for his playing and his songwriting.
I was recently talking to a fellow friend/guitarist about this CD and I told him, without any reservations, that it was probably one the finest pieces of music I've heard, in any genre, for well over twenty years.Read more ›
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This is Steve Hackett's 22nd studio album. It comes in between Out of the Tunnel's Mouth and Genesis Revisited II. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chuck
Pure sonic bliss.....
Amazing writing, amazing guitar work....amazing recording quality...just a great CD that will hold up to repeated listening..... Read more
A Good Variety Of Different Styles Of Mr. Hackett. When He Left Genesis There Music Turned Into Pop Garbage. He Is Still Sticking To His Progressive Roots.Published 14 months ago by MIKE JACOBSEN
I was a little disappointed in this. The first of the two C/D set has singing and just doesn't move me. The second C/D is more instrumental and I prefer itPublished 18 months ago by Old Gus
If you love Hackett you'll love this CD. Incredible guitar as usual. He is just amazing. Shook his hand once and was amazed by his long fingers. Read morePublished 20 months ago by dbrog28301
A touch of Gold, beautifuly composed and masterfully produced. Steve's work eclipses Pink Floyd in scope and sonics, with one special feature, Steve's uplifting Lyrics take his... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sydney Dude
A highly melodic release. Great song-writing, great execution and musicianship, great great effort.
This may be Hackett's best solo work. Read more