"A Life Within a Day" (Esoteric; 2012)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Squackett is Chris Squire (Yes) and Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis), not only mashing their names together but also combining their talent of progressive music to create a hybrid of sounds and senses that will delight any fan of both musicians. Since both Chris and Steve are from an era of progressive music that flowed more like a stream their sound is more ambient and easier to just sit back and relax to. There is plenty of incredible guitar work throughout the disc and when a solo blends with the music created it's like a welcomed conversation to an already intelligent discussion.

This disc is designed more for the listener than anything because trying to recreate this type of genius would probably cause you to lose the music to frustration. You can hear some Yes and Genesis emerge every now and then and you can also hear other groups who wear the progressive cloak, such as Rush and Dream Theater. The British progressive sound is most dominate when Squackett combine their résumé of bands they've played with such as Asia and GTR. Chris Squire had appeared on the last two discs from Steve Hackett so naturally a collaboration disc was bound to happen.

Each song has a good length and, much like progressive music's recipe, there are plenty of strings, keys and acoustic guitar to keep the song flowing. Sometimes a jazzy sound will flow in and it creates another layer of music to enjoy.

The band: Chris Squire - bass, vocals Steve Hackett - guitars, vocals Roger King - keyboards Jeremy Stacey - Drums.

For more information, check out http://www.hackettsongs.com.  

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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