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From Genesis to Revalation
on October 6, 2011
Steve Hackett is amazing. The man has had a career resurgence in the 2000's that continues with "Beyond the Shrouded Horizon" This 2 disc set contains a wide variety-vocal & instrumental pieces, rockers, acoustic numbers, atmospheric numbers...the fact that he is still writing & releasing new material on a regular basis that is high quality and for almost 40 years, while most of his contemporaries only rehash the old...it certainly vindicates his decision to leave Genesis.
His electric guitar soloing is also more aggressive and flashier (in a good sense) than ever and his music continues to explore new horizons. He is the definition of a progressive rocker!
And the addition of Vocalist/guitarist Amanda Lehmann has brought about a quantum leap in the vocal harmonies the past 2 albums. And Steve's lead vocals are stronger than they've ever been.
Standouts for me include the fiery opening track "Lock Lomond" (not the folk standard); the bluesy "Catwalk", with an impassioned lead vocal & amazing guitar work; the epic "Turn This Island Earth", the Middle Eastern vibe of the instrumental "Two Faces of Cairo". And also a stronger version of an old favorite-"Reconditioned Nightmare"
Steve Hackett may have started with Genesis but he's turned into a Revelation.