Wild Orchids is an art rock album released by Steve Hackett in 2006. It follows on from the success of the previous studio outings To Watch The Storms in 2003 and Metamorpheus in 2005. The album is released in three formats including a standard and special editions. Wild Orchids is released according to the dictate of the music market, that is, in a regular album version and a special edition with four bonus tracks, a slightly different sequence of tracks and a bigger booklet. The cover is (as usual) by Hackett’s wife, Kim Poor, and the album is (as usual) dedicated to her.
Wild Orchids is an art rock album released by Steve Hackett in 2006. It follows on from the success of the previous studio outings To Watch The Storms in 2003 and Metamorpheus in 2005. Steve Hackett proves once more that it is possible to flirt and experiment with new musical directions without losing one’s own profile. Some listeners may feel cowed by the plenty of styles and sounds on offer, while others may appreciate this boundlessness. With the oscillations between band and orchestral sounds and electronic and production experiments Wild Orchids may be the closest thing to realization of Hackett’s musical visions. When one listens to this album one feels that this is not just another album but perhaps the most ambitious offering of Hackett’s whole career. One has to listen carefully and closely.