Well, talking about an ambitious piece of music! This is music really spanning over more then one genre and one of the genres not related is Metal; heh. But that doesn’t matter as the quality and innovation on this disc is omnipresent. STEVE HACKETT is of course known from GENESIS, not quite the most underground band the world has ever seen eh?
But even though this review won’t reach the core audience of Hackett anyone with an open mind towards music and not afraid of ethnic and other eclectic touches should at least give his music a spin. What will you get? Among other things a fantastic song called “Waters Of The Wild” with an amazing catchy sitar melody, mellow songs with adventurous melodies such as the opener and “A Girl Called Linda”, Brilliant guitar playing as showed in “Ego And Id” as well “Wolfwork” and many others. Not to mention the incredibly well done DYLAN cover “”Man In The Long Black Coat” featuring a beautiful dark voice. Why yes, the man can actually sing besides playing the strings, and he does so very well, in many a different style.
Besides the technically, highly skilled guitar playing, the other recurring aspect of all the songs is magnificent keyboard melodies, more often then not supported by great nuances of violins, flutes, saxes and other eclectic instruments. “Wild Orchids” for sure won’t please the average extreme Metalhead but might appeal to people ranging from World Music fans to Jazz fans to Folk and to Hard Rock. And why shouldn’t you be one of them?
(Online December 8, 2006)