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  • Audio CD (June 17, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B000095IWI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Circus of Becoming - Steve Hackett
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4. The Silk Road
5. The Moon Under Water

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Steve HACKETT To Watch The Storms CD

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The acoustic guitar passages beautiful.
D. Moses
Highly recommended to fans of his as well as fans of the "dreaded" progresssive tag genre.
Chris Schrecker
Steve Hackett has created an overall great album.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By THX-1138 on June 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Former Genesis guitarist turned solo adventurer Steve Hackett returned again in 2003 with this, 'To Watch The Storms', another well recived album that offers many differnt styles of music on one CD...

Hackett is a prog rocker, going right back to the glory years of Genesis in the 70's, paticularly the 1970-1977 period were the band produced a powerful array of music. Since then Steve has become a musician striving to explore ALL sides of music, like former Genesis band mate Peter Gabriel, he will try any type of sound. He has released a number of albums, including 'Please Don't Touch' (1978), 'Spectral Mornings' (1979) and 'Guitar Noir' (1992) that are considered classics.

And so this album 'To Watch The Storms', Hackett's first effort since 1999's anticipated 'Darktown' album. Here Hackett shifts gears effortlessly. The album has a tremendous mood throughout, and Hackett has a guitar sound that is truely distictive. From the calmness and nostalgia of the opening track 'Strutton Ground' to the prog throwback 'Circus Of Becoming', this is a perfectly crafted work.

Hackett has also become a very good lyricist, with some thought provoking words to go with his musical soudscapes. And he is a good singer, half prog, half blues croke is how to describe it best.

Other highlights include the uplifting 'Brand New', the unbelievably heavy political protest song 'Mechanical Bride', which Hackett almost scares you with its insanely wild instrumental passage. The gentle, elegant 'Rebecca', with it's classical acoustic guitars is a nice contrast, as is the powerful love song 'This World', with it's moving chorus.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Let's face it; all of us reading and writing these reviews of Steve's music are his fans. We're seeing more grey each day, we are at or rapidly approaching the big 5-0, and like the rest of the world, we are not who we were. Neither is Steve. His composition continues to expand as it matures, he still can pull off phrases, trills, licks, riffs and tricks that surprise. He is still the finest guitarist ever recorded. Yet even that--the core of what draws us all to his music, his playing--is starting to sound...similar. Time really does march on, and it did--on all of us. Even so, this album is simply remarkable. I know lots of us complained that "Darktown"'s protracted birth resulted in a fractured sound, yet for most it was a return to form. With "To Watch The Storms," that form is reshaped, redefined and recast into something even more solid. This is the best work Steve has ever produced. And like anyone who would actually read this, I've been there for all of it. But there's the problem. He's already got us. I doubt Steve's audience is growing. My guess it will continue to be us and only us throughout his career. Hopefully, that suits him. Yet it does mean he may never grace our shores again. Our "youthful" American promoters may never envision profits in offering U.S. gigs to this profound artist. So our long, hopeful dream of a full-fledged tour over here gets more fanciful with each new candle on the cake. At least while we continue to dream we can listen to this great album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Weselinski on July 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It seems his music is getting better by the album! To Watch The storms is entertaining to listen to. The ex Genesis member has put together songs that are moody, dark, beautiful, and funny at the same time.The songs that stand out are Rebecca,The Devil is an Englishman,Brand New,and The circus of Becoming. The best song Ihave found on this disk is Marijuana,the Assassin of Youth. The song starts with some orchastration and vocals, then goes to a pipe organ Bach movement, to the BATMAN Theme to tequila to an all out rock and roll jam session!The booklet enclosed is a gem with pictures of his wifes paintings, lyrics and liner notes; which come in handy because steve talks about the meaning of the words and music to his songs. This album is not for everybody, but musicians,prog rock fans and die hard Hackett fans should have this disc in their collection.This one is a gem and the best album and music I have heard this year.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 2003
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This is an absolutely stunning album. Clearly one of his best. Although there are a few numbers that require multiple listens (what's wrong with that?!), the bulk of the album is instantly accessible and hauntingly beautiful. Standout tracks include: Strutton Ground, This World, Rebecca, Wind, Sand and Stars (wonderful--I wish it was longer), The Moon Under Water, Brand New, Serpentine Song, If You Only Knew, and Come Away.
I take issue with a previous reviewer's comments questioning Mr. Hackett's artistic integrity. While there are certainly some similarities between "Mechanical Bride" and "21st Century Schizoid Man" (which I'm sure was intended), by no means is MB a {take-off} of the King Crimson song. MB is entirely original.
As with all Hackett albums, the range of guitar playing is incredible. What a talent. A thoroughly enjoyable disk that will only get better with age. Well done on every level.
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