Down, Down, Down
Luminous Flesh Giants
Look My Way
Killer Bee Bop
Slow Down Blues
(You're) My World)
MAK'S REVIEW: A great deal of people were disappointed by this album. I was too, at first, but after a few listens, this album became one of my favorites. The tracks start off slower but gradually pick up speed and energy (best example of this is "Slow Down Blues"). Overall, the attitude of the album is a very bluesy one. The album also has a "live" aspect to it, with Andy Fairweather-Low, of Eric Clapton fame, laying down the rhythm guitar parts. Manu Katche is phenomenal on drums, composing intricate drum parts that fit the atmosphere of the album. If you don't have this album, I suggest you get it, but only if you're ready to accept that Joe enjoys different styles. If you already have it and never listen to it, give it another chance.
Star Rating (out of 5): ****
EVAN'S REVIEW: Jam-packed with smokin' killer blues and sounds reminiscent of the far east, Joe Satriani is a diverse experimental album for Joe. I am a huge blues fan and I know Joe is too, so this album was a sort of landmark for him in his career. "Cool #9" starts the album off with one of Joe's bigger hits, and in no time you're involved with "If," a perfect song for jamming along. "S.M.F." (Sick Mother F*cker) is an excellent slow blues jam, while "Look My Way," the only song with lyrics, is a more upbeat and lighthearted approach to the blues with a ripping guitar solo to remind you who you're listening to. Whether you want to put on some tunes and chill for a while, or you want to jam with some great music, Joe Satriani is a truly remarkable album. Not Joe's usual stuff, but it's good all the same. In fact, Joe Satriani proves that Joe has no "usual stuff" - he continually reinvents himself with each recording.
Star Rating (Out of 5): *****
Entertainment Weekly (10/13/95)
A review by critic Johnny Black (© Emap Consumer Magazines Limited. For personal use only.)
CMJ New Music Report
Q Magazine (12/95)
Some Consumer Reviews:
~If you were expecting a blasting array of bi-dextral tapping, pinched harmonics and wild whammy bar hysteria, this is not the album you want to get. Satriani unleashes himself from his usual jaw dropping virtuosity and he lets the feeling of the music take over. The album is dominated by a bluesy feel, but strays occasionally into beautiful melodic tracks such as "Home" and the Eastern influenced "Morroccan sunset". Satriani's tone is once again top notch, and his inventive use of the wah wah pedal in his melodies adds flavour to the album. Perhaps this is not a Satriani album for all fans, but if you love good old blues, go and buy it. A wonderful recording.
~If you are expecting an ear-crushing super shred album, like I was, this is not for you. It takes a while to get used to, but it is really a pretty decent album, and some songs like "Cool #9" are right up there with some of Satch's best. Overall, I think the album is too slow, but it is cool that Satriani recorded it pretty much live and with minimal effects. Also, Peter Gabriel's drummer Manu Katche and Eric Clapton's backup guitarist Andy Fairweather-Low do a great job laying down the background.
~Joe shows that he can play & compose blues-like music in a great self style, without much technology. A must have.
ALBUM CREDITS:Personnel: Joe Satriani (vocals, guitar, dobro, slide guitar, lap steel, harmonica, bass); Andy Fairweather Low (guitar); Eric Valentine (piano, keyboards, bass, percussion); Nathan East, Matt Bissonette (bass); Manu Katche, Jeff Campitelli, Ethan Johns (drums); Greg Bissonette (percussion).
Engineers: Steve Holroyd (tracks 1-3, 5, 8-9, 12); Steve Holroyd, John Cuniberti, Eric Valentine (track 4); John Cuniberti, Eric Valentine (track 6); Steve Holroyd, John Cuniberti (tracks 7, 10); John Cuniberti (track 11). All songs written by Joe Satriani.