Weekly Vinyl – Don’t Touch

3 Jul

Please don’t touch
Steve Hackett


This is an album that is hard to dislike. Yet it is also hard to like.
Steve Hackett is a brilliant guitarist who was a key member of Genesis in their glory years. He left for a solo career not long after Peter Gabriel left that prog-rock band.
The album is a study of eclecticism – there is jazz, pop, progressive experimentation, szmaltz. The latter is quite painful to hear, but then the music takes a sharp turn into something extraordinary.
This album keeps you on the edge of your seat – it is not unlike listening to college radio back in the late seventies or eighties, where the DJ is just playing whatever falls onto the turntable.
There is not much cohesion here and it really hurts the album. The individual parts, most but not all, are brilliant and well executed but … but … but … there is something missing.
You feel this when the album ends. Either side – it does not matter. It was good … but.


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