Steve Lukather's 3rd solo album is, in his own words, "...a bit of a departure...this record is the closest amalgamation of all the different facets of me than anything I have recorded in the past..." LUKE encompasses a variety of catchy tunes, intense flavours, raw sounds and awesome playing; it also features inspired songwriting collaborations with Fee Waybill, Phil Soussan, Randy Goodrum and Rodney Crowell. The record kicks off with the dark, gutsy and driven riff of The real truth. Cool hook, great harmony vocals and a mindblowing guitar solo. My personal favourite is Love the things you hate, another monster groove with Gregg Bissonette and Phil Soussan, enhanced by Luke's own electric sitar performance. Tears of my own shame is Hendrix-esque and Hate everything about you is Dylan-esque; the album also includes Stephen Stills' Bluebird. In addition to vocal, guitar and sitar, Luke plays a variety of vintage keyboards and harmonica which add a spectrum of interesting tones and colours. In addition to contributing his sublime talents to hundreds of top 40 records, Steve Lukather is a musicians' musician. For me, this record is the epithesis of that talent. Get your teeth stuck into this one!