What does it sound like?:
Since his first solo album, in 1975, Steve Hackett’s popularity has grown, steadily and gradually. Although, if you read the mainstream music magazines and listen to the radio, you could be forgiven for thinking he retired years ago. In fact he is touring more than ever and, amongst the prognoscenti, he is revered as something of a Guitar God. At The Edge of Light is his 26th album and it is up there with his very best. The title of the album is simply where he feels the world is currently at – right at the boundary between light and dark. Without being obvious about it, he has chucked Brexit, Trump, Russia and North Korea into a World Music melting pot (I wish)….and cooked up a delicious feast. There are echoes from North Africa, Turkey, India, Europe and the Southern USA. This is probably his least acoustic album. There is plenty of light and shade, just none of Hackett’s trademark acoustic numbers which would hark back to his Genesis days. That said, he has written a batch of songs that are amongst some of the best he has written since the late ‘70’s. And » Continue Reading.