What does it sound like?:
If you’ve attended one of Steve Hackett’s shows in the past, then you may well have already encountered the dulcet tones of Amanda Lehmann, who assisted with vocals at various points. This is her first solo album, with all the songs self composed (apart from one Hackett co-write), and she is joined by various members of Hackett’s touring band throughout, as well as by the man himself on several songs. There’s a mixture of styles on show, from hard edged rock through to more blues and even swing influenced pieces, alongside acoustic and more ethereal efforts. On occasion, the impression is quite evocative of Hackett’s own sound, but overall, this is very much Lehman’s own distinctive album in her own style. It’s been very well produced and crafted, and songs such as The Watcher (the best track for me), Memory Lane and Forever Days really stand out and stay with the listener after just a couple of plays. An interesting and promising debut that isn’t afraid to explore different styles and moods, and I’d certainly like to hear some of these songs in a live setting. It will be fascinating to see how her career develops from here.
What does it all *mean*?
Lehmann is Steve Hackett’s sister in law, so it’ll be interesting to see if she can step out of his giant shadow in the coming months and years.
Goes well with…
A glass of wine on a quiet late summer’s evening with the nights already beginning to draw in.
Might suit people who like…
Hackett, Renaissance, melodic soft rock.