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Serpentine Song Hackett, Steve. Label Century Media. GTIN Includes 4 bonus tracks and an obi strip. Packaged in a slipcase. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Steve Hackett. It starts with another acoustic introduction before vocals start and then the full band kicks in. This pattern repeats. Some cool effects, harmonized layers, guitar solo, multiple tempos and meters.
There is a sudden change in the instrumental break as every instrument gets to make a statement against a suddenly upbeat background before returning to the original theme. The vocals are a little odd, but the rest of the track is very engaging. The track is very progressive with ever changing sounds, instruments and etc. I still love it, but it's too derivative from Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man , and doesn't strike me as exceptional in the context of the album. It could have been a highlight on Darktown, however.
The line 'wedded to remaining dumb' is fairly out of place with the rest of the lyrics and for no good reason annoys me. Personal favourites: The Devil Is An Englishman - I didn't actually like this on the first listen, but the music and the sense of humour have grown on me. Quirky and a good frivolous moment to counter-balance the melancholy of much of the album. Rebecca - Tragic, beautiful, and with a good, if a little out of place, instrumental section. The Silk Road - I can't describe either how much or why I love this particular, mostly instrumental track.
It develops from a couple of spoken lines to a vaguely world, yet prog, sounding instrumental. A real review should follow. Truly symphonic moments aren't too many.
But the early stages of this work holds two of them : Strtton Ground and "Circus Of Becoming" but only partially will bring you back in time you know, the seventies If you are into KC, I guess that "Mechanical Bride" will please you, but it is on the hard and noisy edge.
Not for me, I'm afraid. He shows again his love for this type of music and have to say that it is a fine moment from this album. His latest album to date "Tribute", which was released in February is a tribute to a great Spanish musician. Let's just say on the nylon guitar his playing informs my every note! I wrote this as a tribute to his eternal influence. I guess that it says sufficient about his feelings.
A song as "Brand New" holds different themes : acoustic guitar to start with as if it were a continuation of the previous track , melodic vocals, a pop and dynamic chorus, intricate sax, some AOR-ish parts with heavy drumming and even aerial keys-guitar interplay. One has even the impression to listen to the intro for "Baba O' Riley" "The Who" just before the fourth minute.
Too much for me. The romantic mellow? A bit too popish. A piece as "Rebecca" also mixes several identifiable sections but mostly limited to the soft and light aspect of Steve's work, which I prefer. I guess that it is all but normal that a song as "The Silk Road" is closely Oriental related in its initial phase. Lots of percussion and disjointed moments. It could have been interesting to get Phil on the drums command here. The closing number also flirts with the nice symphonic style I praise so much.
One general comments is that I feel that vocals are better than usual but this applies to the whole vocal tracks here. I don't know whether he cried for help, but brother John plays a wonderful flute part here. What a pity that there aren't more of these magical moments on this good album.
My favourite song from "Watch The Storms". I believe that the diversity of this work doesn't play in favour of its consistency. It is a good album but not of the calibre of some of his very early works. But you might know which side of his work I like more. The remastered edition holds four bonus tracks of which Fire Island should have fitted better on his album Blues With A Feeling.
After a minute or so, it changed brutally from style to investigate in the pure rock'n'roll mood. Upbeat, extremely dynamic. And to close this long chapter, another gentle acoustic moment with If Only You Know. These bonuses are just like the album. Going into totally different directions. Three stars for these "Storms". Not all this material is top-drawer. The first seven tracks are fascinating, but after that some of the songs sound a little cloying. Both 'This World' and 'Rebecca' would have benefited from less indifferent lyrics and stronger lead vocals.
The gorgeous mazurka! But 'Come Away' WILL put you in a good mood, and the two tracks following it on which the album concludes must be among the best Hackett has written. Well, there are many: - I especially enjoyed the dreamy, mainly acoustic opening track 'Strutton Ground' ; - Also, the gorgeous church organ-and-lead-guitar outbursts in 'Circus of Becoming' Rick W. Imagine having your sons perform such a song for you! You may have doubts about symphonic prog as a genre, in which case this album is probably not going to convert you.
Thankfully, Steve handles all the lead vocals himself this time instead of having guest vocalists, something that I think has brought many of his previous albums down. And he sings as good as ever.
The material on this album is very strong, among his strongest ever. The very 21th Century Schizoid Man-like Mechanical Bride is amazing, like a modern version of King Crimson really, but with Steve's own style and identity. Serpentine Song is also King Crimson-like, but influenced more by the softer aspects of Crimson's music. This song has excellent flute and a great acoustic guitar solo. Brand New has excellent electric guitar work, and is another favourite of mine.
This World is a soft melodic ballad, quite unlike Hackett's recent work. Rebecca is a wonderful folky ballad with a Genesis-like middle section. Some tracks like Frozen Statues, Wind Sand And Stars and The Moon Under Water work as transitional pieces that might not be very impressive in their own right but that enhances the overall impression of the album as a diverse yet unified whole.
Everything sounds very modern on this album and the production is top notch. Steve's softer, acoustic side and his rock side have never been so well balanced and integrated on one and the same album before.
In the past he usually went in one direction or another, making either an acoustic album or a rock album. Here he shows off all of his influences in one album. Personally, I think that his previous album Darktown was a close to a disaster.
It had horrible programmed drums and sequencing, almost as if it was a remix album rather than an original Steve Hackett album. Also, too many people were involved in making that album, including an inappropriate guest vocalist.
The most important factor that makes To Watch The Storms so successful is the fact that Steve is backed by a real band this time. Indeed, this is not so much a "solo" project, as a "Steve Hackett-Band"- album.
The song that comes closest to the style of Darktown is The Devil Is An Englishman, which is better than anything from that album, yet probably my least favourite track here. It sounds a bit too much like it could have been on the soundtrack to a Tim Burton film this would be even more true of several songs from his subsequent album Wild Orchids.
Not as personal and emotional as Guitar Noir but with even more diversity. Highly recommended! From the emotional beauty of Rebecca to the obvious Crimson influence of Mechanical Bride, this, alongside the best of Hackett's work, is not an easy or obvious listen for the first few times, but really has to be listened to regularly over a period of time in order to be fully appreciated. The Crimson influences are strongest on Mechanical Bride and Serpentine Song, the former very much 21st Century Schizoid Man territory, whilst the latter is taken from the quieter moments on the same album, and the vocals on it are simply stunningly beautiful.
There are some wonderfully eccentric moments, the best for me being The Devil is an Englishman, which is simply a fun track in the middle of much of what is quite sad and melancholic. Hackett also shows profound world music influences on The Silk Road. I love the percussive moments and Hackett's electric guitar, but am not too keen on the vocals on this.
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