Steve Hackett

Time Lapse

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With songs from concerts in New York and Nottingham, England, Time Lapse is an exciting and exuberant album made up of ear-pleasing guitar work and lively keyboard interplay. Nothing is lost in the live atmosphere as the songs are strewn together faultlessly showcasing Hackett's supreme playing style. The album brandishes a feel of classiness and taste, portrayed in the way both audiences listen closely to Hackett's guitar work, and in turn results in a better album for those who are listening at home. Ian Mosley on drums during the New York tracks is stellar, complementing Hackett every step of the way. Although the entourage of instruments that usually accompany his music are absent, a good fill of synthesizer adds magnitude to Hackett's playing without drowning him out. Classic songs like "Please Don't Touch" and "Spectral Mornings" are played true to their original album form, and the mystical "Ace of Wands" from Voyage of the Acolyte is truly one of the standout tracks on the album. With Genesis, Hackett displayed his faceted musicianship behind Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks, but alone and in a live atmosphere, his craftsmanship is better recognized.

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