Steve Howe

InsideOut Music America, 2002

REVIEW BY: Mark Kadzielawa


When it comes to playing guitar, Steve Howe is considered one of the greats. He is a very refined player with excellent technique, great feel, and outstanding musical imagination. Howe has proved his ability many times over, as a member of Yes, Asia, GTR, and as a solo artist.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Skyline is an album I've been waiting from Steve Howe for many years. It's a very laid back album with great atmosphere, some could say a new age feel. In a way it reminds me of the feel Turbulence had back in the early 90's.

Musically, there is a lot going on, as Howe is known to be a very enigmatic player, whose simple guitar parts still come across sounding rather complicated. But, the general mood is very relaxing. And whose to say that can't show off your chops in a very gentle setting. Steve Howe does that without trying, while still maintaining a great feel. He means every note he plays, and that's a big problem with many other instrumental records.

When following Howe's career, one can see that he is a musical chameleon. The trick to that is the use of only one instrument, or should we say one type of instrument. Howe's solo records maintain different feels, and vary in listening difficulty. Albums like Skyline and Turbulence are very different from let's say The Grand Scheme Of Things or Beginnings. Not too put any of the records down, they're very special in their own way, and offer different feel.

Skyline is a very flowing album. It's ideal to read a book to, or relax to. It's an album you play, and someone who is not into the music will ask, "Who is this?"

Rating: B

User Rating: Not Yet Rated



© 2002 Mark Kadzielawa and The Daily Vault. All rights reserved. Review or any portion may not be reproduced without written permission. Cover art is the intellectual property of InsideOut Music America, and is used for informational purposes only.