A little personal note on Steve Hackett's latest: Wolflight. By Jim Buntinx

It does not only read like an ambitious recount extracted from a fine Englishman's well documented travel log. Also feels like a pleasant revisiting of the man's very own complete repertoire. One can hear music reminiscent of some of his earlier work, electric and acoustic alike. Add a serious cinematic sprinkle to it and you might sense what you're in for.

Impossible to describe all the things that spring to mind along the way. Unvoluntarily you might discern some delightful proggy Mozart in the opening track, some overwhelming Carl Orff drama in 'Corycian Fire' and the odd Segovian intimacy encountered along the way. Who hasn't felt the ambiguity of a fun fair, with its uncomplicated joys and hidden fears. 'Wheel's Turning' brings back all that. Wolflight's title track is maybe his most ambitious in years, a dark gem brilliantly merging ethnicity with an uncompromising prog rock drive. Interestingly enough, everyone will probably have his/her own story to tell after being immersed in Hackett's evocative world.

Steve wouldn't be himself if he wouldn't manage to concoct all these different sentiments into a whole, making it all is his very own. His latest offspring is Hackett 'pur sang' -no Genesis required- as a guitarist, as a composer and, yes, as a vocalist.

The latter has clearly become better with the years. We've already witnessed his refined vocal skills in 'Squackett' and Wolflight continues this tradition superbly.

Those who haven't fully recognized Mr. Hackett onto this point should wake up a little earlier and think again, possibly when the wolf light starts setting in. Captain Hackett beckons us to raise the sails, drifting off to the unknown, letting aside 'logic on a short holiday'.

Let the tour begin!