What does it sound like?:
This is the sixteenth studio album from Joe Satriani, on which he’s now backed by Deep Purple/Black Country Communion man Glenn Hughes on bass and RHCP/Chickenfoot co-member Chad Smith on drums, making a formidable power trio. It must be difficult for such an innovative player to stay ahead of the game, but by and large Satriani pulls it off. Check out the appropriately titled opener Energy, a piece that’s full of twists and turns, and the majestic crunch of Thunder High On The Mountain, which veers from hard rock to a more reflective section and back again. If you prefer the more restrained pieces to the ‘see how fast I can play’ ones, have a listen to more mellow pieces such as Cherry Blossoms and Smooth Soul, but for me the stand outs are the Satch Boogie-like Headrush, the funky title track and the fusiony flavoured Invisible.
What does it all *mean*?
Satriani still sounds as relevant today as when he first appeared on the scene, still pushing the envelope – I’d certainly like to see him pursue further the more fusion influenced sound he explores at times here on future albums.
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