Tuesday, April 11, 2017

STEVE HACKETT: The Night Siren (2017)

On the 24th of March 2017, Steve Hackett released his 25th studio album named as The Night Siren. Having enjoyed his previous album ‘Wolflight’ a lot, I was curious to see what this new album of his will sound like. And the truth is that, it sounds like a sequel of Wolflight. 
  The general style is the same and the elements that can be found in Wolflight are present here once more: The combination of many different music styles, the strong Ethnic influences and Hackett’s guitar in a leading role of course. The truth is that, many of the songs in this album were recorded during the Wolflight sessions, that’s why these two albums look very much alike.

   For the recordings of the album, Hackett worked with no less than 17 session musicians, from many different countries around the world, proving that music is a universal language that can unite people. 
  There is a wide variety of instruments being used in the album, from the classic guitars/bass/drums, up to saxophone, viola, trumpet, flute and even didgeridoo and tar among others.
  The album is a very pleasant and enjoyable one, but despite the interesting compositions, the overall feeling I get is that 'Siren' is a weaker album, in comparison with 'Wolflight'. But is a very pleasant and listener-friendly album without a doubt.
Favourite songs so far: Behind the Smoke and West to East.
                         My Rating: 3.5 Stars
By clicking on the following YT link you will watch the official video of Behind the Smoke, which is the album's opening song.