REVIEW: STEVE HACKETT – “The Night Siren”
You probably know Steve Hackett as the guitarist of the legendary progressive rock outfit Genesis but Hackett has been making solo music for a longer period than the time he spent with the ground-breaking band during the 70’s.
At the age of 67 and in his 5th decade of performing, writing and recording music he shows no sign of slowing down. In his illustrious career he has collaborated with many musicians including progressive rock legends such as Chris Squire, Steve Howe, John Wetton and Steven Wilson to name a few and most notably he revisited the Genesis songs, collaborating with different vocalists and adding a new life to those already perfect songs which is quite an achievement. Despite all this history you just can’t accuse Hackett of staring into
Hackett’s recent touring schedule has taken him to both sides of the equator from Peru to Iceland and this globetrotting experience inspired his latest musical offering titled ‘The Night Siren’. The title is a warning of the dark times that we could be heading towards if humanity chooses to go down the road of nationalist politics and xenophobia. The album does however give us an alternative which is to practice companionship, fellowship and compassion.
The theme of ‘The Night Siren’ has important social and political overtones that ar
The next song “Martian Sea” is a nod to the late 60’s Beatles psychedelic period with sitar playing, Arabian ode, flutes and backward guitar over dubs heavily featured revealin
“Anything But Love” takes yet another twist in this amazing sonic journey of an album with Hackett playing Spanish flamenco guitar reminiscent of The Gypsy Kings and a bluesy harmonica adding more colors and mixing genres all over the shop. “Inca Terra” takes the listener to Peru revealing Hackett’s
This is an extraordinary album from start to finish with each song taking the listener on a musical journey around the world. It’s like taking a trip to many different countries without ever setting foot on them accompanied by a magnificent soundtrack. The subject matter is also very timely with populist politics spreading across the western world and a sense of uncertainty about where we are heading. ‘The Night Siren’ is a stirring wake-up call for the people of the world to come together peacefully.