Steve Rothery‘s long awaited solo album ‘The Ghosts Of Pripyat‘ is a dynamic, progressive album from an artist who has been around for more than 30 years.
For those unfamiliar with his previous work, Rothery is the original guitarist and the longest continuous member of the British rock band Marillion, which was one of the most successful bands to emerge from Britain’s 1980’s progressive rock scene, having sold over 15 million albums.
It should go without saying that this man knows some things, which is probably why rumour has it that for some time, ‘The Ghosts Of Pripyat’ pre-order was the most successful Kickstarter project in the world.
Featuring a guests appearances from Steven Wilson and with Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett on ‘Morpheus’ one gets a sense that there’s a story being told from beginning to end, and that just like life there are quiet almost silent moments followed by the highs of crashing cymbals and intricate piano.
Another stand out track is ‘Old Man Of The Sea’, which is nearly 12 mins long, and definitely the masterpiece of the album.
I actually really enjoyed this album, and although it deserves more than one listen to fully appreciate, it’s also something I found I could leave on while doing other tasks, and it wouldn’t distract me. I give ‘The Ghosts Of Pripyat’ a solid recommendation.
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