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WOLFLIGHT

Steve Hackett

 

Eclectic Prog

3.79 | 337 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Wolves and vampires

After the massively successful Genesis Revisited tour, Steve Hackett announced another solo album to be called Wolflight. I had the hope then that it would be an album in the style of Genesis Revisited II but with new, original material and utilizing the touring band including the Peter Gabriel/Phil Collins-like vocals of Nad Sylvan. Instead, Wolflight is an album very much in the same style as Steve's previous half-dozen Rock albums. Not that I mind another album in that style as I like these albums very much with To Watch The Storms, Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth, and Guitar Noir being my favourites from recent decades. Yet, I still feel that Steve's recent handful of albums have followed a rather similar formula. Even some of the song-titles are similar to earlier songs with the title track risking to be confused with the earlier song Wolfwork from 2006's Wild Orchids or the track Love Song To A Vampire with Vampire with a Healthy Appetite from Guitar Noir. Nonetheless, Wolflight is by no means uninspired and is indeed yet another good entry in a long string of good albums that Steve has produced since the 90's.

There is as usual a dark mood and an eclectic mixture of influences ranging from Folk to Classical to Blues (Rock) to (progressive) Rock and beyond. Steve's vocals and guitar work is as strong as ever and the songs are good. The first half of the album is especially strong but I feel that the last few tracks are less memorable. Overall, I think that Wolflight is a bit stronger than the previous Beyond The Shrouded Horizon but not as good as Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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