Steve Hackett - The Night Siren album review
Travel (and collaboration) broadens the mind of former Genesis man. “This might well be the best album I’ve done,” he says…
Steve Hackett’s name might currently be up in lights as he re-examines his past for his near perennial Genesis Revisited tours, but as he grandstands with songs like Firth Of Fifth, he’s still been quietly putting the hours in on his day job. Two years ago he dazzled with the expansive Wolflight, and he’s been collecting, curating and recording ever since. The last time we saw him he’d stopped by the Prog Magazine Radio Show to talk Genesis, but his heart was elsewhere; he talked like a man who was looking for something else: the next thing. This was still the same guitarist who, while flying high with Genesis, felt so hampered by a lack of creative input that he turned on his heel and walked away. Steve Hackett enjoys the past, and while it’s a nice place to visit, he doesn’t want to get stuck there.
Forward motion, travel, adventure, the ringing endorsement of collaboration and music as a unifying force, they’re all evident on The Night Siren. Hackett jammed in studios and spare rooms, across different continents; he made musical jigsaws out of the files that appeared in his email. Which could, in less capable hands, lead to an album lacking in cohesion, but there’s something about the scope and ambition here that lends itself to exploration. Sitar sits happily alongside folk guitar, a didgeridoo floats past, there’s even room for Uilleann pipes.