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Super Mega Excellent!
Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2020
A very very very enjoyable album. With JS music you have to listen to it a few times to get used to it. This is overall less complicated music but lots of layers of guitars. My only initial surprise was Here the Blue River, at about 1:14 the very harsh type distortion sounds out of place, too harsh in a reggae song and the other weird thing I noted was at 2:24 in The Big Distortion; got used to it. The album is well balanced, nice slow songs and amazing bass lines also, good drums. Ali Farka song the electronic Arabic styled synth sounds are very rhythmic, musical, elating. Nineteen Eighty is a return to nineteen eighties in a nice straightway with fun guitar techniques. The phrasing of slow and fast intertwines beautifully, as if to send you into a trance of images and colors.
Over time some of Joe Satriani albums, for me, seem to last longer, keeping my interest, this appears to be one of those. I have pretty much all of JS, except for the large boxset collection and some rarities. This CD is in the more masterful music category, like Super Colossal, Crystal Planet, What happens next, Surfing with the Alien, (and the self titled Joe Satriani, which is the source of all of Joe's powers).
I like all of Joe Satriani's music but somehow found myself gravitating towards certain albums much more. This is one of those. Enjoyed Unstoppable Momentum, but don't listed to it too much some how, it was a on the very cheerful upbeat side. Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards was a bit darker and lonely in comparison, probably fewer guitar tracks layered.
Once I start listening to Shapeshifting, it is hard to hit the Stop button. My wife, who listened to Taylor Swift and Gaga and what not, asked me in the car, "that is very nice music, what is that?" it was "Yesterday's Yesterday".
Anyway, here this is my silly review, I hope it is helpful.