Reviewed by Eric on 21 Jun 2003
I have never met anyone who cared for this album (are you out there?), as most prog fans
will tell you Hackett lost his way after Defector. Maybe so, as much of his solo
work has been hit or miss since then, but Hackett’s guitar playing is always a joy to hear
no matter what the material might offer, and he seems to be the only Genesis
member who has stayed true to his progressive roots.
Cured on the other hand was not a progressive rock tour de force, in fact it’s quite
commercial sounding, but over the years it has aged rather well in my opinion. The album
has a very ‘warm’ feel to it perhaps attributed to Hackett’s vocals or Kim Poor’s South
American roots, but I feel this is just a nice collection of songs with no pretensions. It’s
almost as if he let go of the ‘progressive’ trappings and had a good time, which is reflected
on the album cover. Yes, there are a couple instrumentals here to satisfy his fan base, but
overall this album was a turning point for Steve Hackett and a welcome change at
Take this album for what it is and enjoy!