Out of the Tunnel's Mouth
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The second disc contains live material from the 2009 tour in Italy, which are mostly Genesis tracks. Genesis purists may not think percussionist Gary O'Toole's vocals do justice to such tracks as "Blood on the Rooftops", but if you have an open mind, it can be a nice visit to a lost era.
Hackett's work doesn't reflect the times or follow musical trends, it is simply the product of his personal vision, and I can think of no other musician that has maintained that level of integrity for so long. This path hasn't endeared him to the masses, but I don't believe that was ever his goal. I can't imagine that any Steve Hackett fan would be anything but thrilled with this release.
I have always been a fan of Steve Hackett, but even more so as my tastes have matured and I have learned to appreciate more varied styles of music.
A virtuoso will also often experiment with their craft. This can often lead to some listening challenges and uneven material when grouped together on a release. Steve is guilty of this as well and a listener sometimes must get through some stranger material to get to the real gems. He can also be guilty of packing in an onslaught of electric guitar experimentation right in between two soft acoustic pieces. However, Out of the Tunnels Mouth" does not fall prey to this. For instance, the full steam ahead electric instrumental "Tubehead" follows nicely after "Emerald and Ash" which begins slowly but switches to an upbeat piece about halfway through. It prepares the listener for this "harder" track.
"Out of the Tunnels Mouth" is actually pretty balanced for a Steve Hackett release.Read more ›
My favourite two tracks are the first one:- 'Fire on the moon' is a beautiful ballad verse with an almost lullaby arpeggiated pattern and Steve singing in the lower register of his voice. The chorus is almost ethereal, it is magical. The chords are excellent. Follows an excellent electric guitar solo, full of emotion, reprised at the end of the song, before the arpeggios return, with a slightly atonal ending, suggesting angst perhaps. This is one of those tracks that you cannot believe is over 6 minutes long. It is worth every second. Classic prog rock. (10/10)
My next favourite track is the third one. 'Emerald and Ash'. I cannot explain in words how exceptional this track is. Listen to the wonderful opening with alto sax and orchestral response. Wonderful verse melody, reminds me a bit of another of Hackett's brilliant songs 'The serpentine song'. The 'dressed in velvet...' passage is simply sublime. Beautiful acoustic guitars and a wonderful melody. Simply breathtakingly brilliant. This, as with the first three tracks, moves into a harder rock passage, a fantastic electric guitar solo with chunking bass, towards the end, before reprising the classical arrangement. (10/10)
'Nomads' begins in the classical/maybe folk guitar vein, before moving into a beautiful ballad, awash with multi tracked guitars. Very spanish sounding, flamenco style, with castanets in the background. I love the harmony vocals in the choruses.Read more ›
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Steve is and has been for years one of the finest guitarist you will ever hear. The problem, in my opinion, is when he does albums like this that are disjointed or going from a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kurt Sontag
Great music from a former Genesis member I am so glad he has return to the scene to bring back a lot of the old Genesis.Published 17 months ago by Tony D. Piroli
Steve Hackett and Genesis founder Anthony Phillips working together is pretty interesting here. It gives a Genesis feel to Sleepers and Emerald and Ash. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Truthteller
Hackett is BRILLIANT. If you know any of his work, you want to know all of it. Like all his music, this one is a classic.Published on December 30, 2012 by SA
I've followed Steve Hackett's career since 1978. I lost track of him through 2007 and 2008 or so not knowing he was in a legal dispute with Camino Records and also going through a... Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Steven G. Greene
Very good melodic album. Steve has really has stepped up his game on the vocals - has turned himself into a decent singer over the years - not as reliant on vocoders all the time. Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by the yipper
Steve Hacket's new album is not an improvement on the last two, unfortunately, but that's a very hard task to accomplish, given the high quality of those excellent records. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Minkosaurus