ALBUM REVIEW : WOLFLIGHT
ARTIST : STEVE HACKETT
GENRE : ROCK / POP/ WORLD MUSIC /
DATE RELEASED : 2015
From the first track, you can conclude that this is a concept album. Steve Hackett wants to weave a story through his music with words or with just pure instruments alone. Here is track by track review of this record.
Out of the Body – I don’t know if it was intentional to produce an out of tune wolf sound as a song intro. However, this first track introduces listeners on what the album is all about. It is a journey towards several and different interpretations and experiences
Wolflight – is an exciting track. It has drama, it has the usual Steve Hackett guitar performance, and listening to the whole track alone, there is no need for words to capture what the track is all about. You just imagine scenes from Twilight series or The Game of Thrones and you know what the track is all about.
Love Song To A Vampire – is crafted like a serenade and with a Spanish guitar in the background, you would like to believe that vampires are indeed romantic creatures. It is a relief to discover that he was not tempted to create a vampire song in the style of Meat Loaf’s “I Would Do Anything For Love, But I Won’t Do That.” The best thing about this track is Steve Hacket guitar performance which speaks volumes of emotions too.
The Wheel’s Turning – you would think that this track is just an interlude to segue the tracks prior and after to this. But this is a full track and if this were a movie soundtrack, this can be compared with “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, where the lead characters are just clowning around. In terms of vocal performance, perhaps this is the cheeriest song in this album.
Corycian Fire – has a sensual song introduction. There is a certain anger in the track that Steve Hackett wants to convey to the listeners.
Earthshine – this guitar track will make him gain new fans if only young listeners are adventurous enough to give this record an opportunity for them to listen to it.
Loving Sea – is the most optimistic song in this record. It has a vibrant atmosphere and listening to it you feel like floating in the sea also.
Black Thunder – is his attack on humans song. There is this atmosphere that while listening to this track, you imagine of spaceships invading planet Earth.
Dust and Dreams – the track title itself is a giveaway on what scenes you were supposed to imagine while listening to this song; post – apocalypse scenes. However, it is only the middle part of the song that you can imagine like it. At the beginning of the track, it sounds like a filler.
Heart Song – as the final track in this album, you expect a lot of showmanship here in terms of guitar performance. Unfortunately, not only the track is too short, it just bridges the listeners to relax at the end of this album.
This is indeed an incredible journey with Steve Hackett and I rate this record 4 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it