Thursday, July 07, 2022
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The HAWKWIND axe pilot weaves a different kind of lace - heavy on classics and easy on style.

Review by Dimtry Epstein


One might call it self-indulgence, to fashion an album of classical pieces, if only Huw Lloyd-Langton strived for finesse - but he doesn't. The pleasure of his new effort, therefore, lies in the feel of the master playing it for himself and sharing his pastime with a passerby who'd love to hear "I Am A Poor Wayfaring Stranger" or a couple of familiar tunes from 18th and 19th centuries with unclaimed authorship. Kudos to the veteran, then, for picking not the obvious opuses, save for Bach's "Bouree", slowed down to make a tongue-in-cheek finale.

Of course, pieces from Brahms and Dvorak's symphonies also exist in the common consciousness, as well as Schubert's "Spring Song" and Nino Rota's main theme to Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet", yet the depth of the guitarist's approach reveals itself in baroque tempering - sometimes his six strings sound like a harpsichord. Sometimes the playing doesn't feel so effortless but is all the warmer for it. Not pretending to be a prog rock virtuoso adept in acoustic prowess in the vein of Steve Hackett, Huw nevertheless proves his own "Elegy" and HAWKWIND's transparent "5th Second Of Forever" can stand their ground alongside immortal opuses, even less known, by Purcell or Giuliani. There are many less romantic ways to spend half an hour.


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