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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Provogue Records
  • ASIN: B000A87WOE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Kenny on 16 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
John 5 is a mostly unheard of guitarist who used to play for Mariyln Manson. Don't let this put you off there is no comparison between the two. John is on a whole diffrent level. The first thing to note is that this album wouldn't even be here if it wasn't for the guitar legend Les Paul who after one day jamming with John 5 convinced him to release an album. That album was Vertigo and as much as i would like to sing its praise it would take too long. John 5 plays all the guitars in this album, with the exception of guest apperances like Steve Vai, that includes bass! The first track, Damaged, is a excellent opening track offering a metalheads dream of complex fast riffs and excellent solo. The next track Soul of a Robot will take your breath away as John slides effortlessly between blinding fast tapping and even faster picking though it is a small bit repetitive. After thest two dark but exciting songs John5 takes a different track entirely and launches into a jolly bluegrass style and after that it is almost impossible to pin him down as he jumps from stlye to style.
Everyone should listen to this at least once no matter what kind of musical preference.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
Instrumental album number 2 for the former Marilyn Manson guitarist, hot on the heels of "vertigo" from 2004.
If you bought that one, then this won't come as a surprise to you, following a similar path through its 12 track trajectory.
However, he has taken a chance by inviting Steve Vai and Albert Lee on board for a guest solo each and, frankly, Albert Lee is just so distinctive, it makes much of what comes before and after a tad mundane.
The real problem here is that a lot of the tunes are songs looking for words, rather than being defined instrumental pieces.
There's no doubt that John 5 is a technically gifted guitarist but I suspect his forthcoming band album with Loser might be a better prospect.
He's been touring with Rob Zombie on the 2005 Ozzfest circuit and hopefully working with another great frontman will push him back to what he does best.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryuto on 22 Nov 2005
Format: Audio CD
It sounds like an odd combination of guitar genres, although they are clearly defined on different tracks rather than being amalgamated into some strange mutant cross! Personally I'm glad that John 5 has avoided pieces with lyrics since this would've fixed the meanings of each track-instrumentals provide a bit of ambiguity that allows the imagination to be exercised-it also makes transcribing the pieces is much more straight forward without having to listen through lyrics!
If you like shred but have been disappointed by the out put of the likes of Rob Balducci, invest in this!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Guitar fans rejoice 23 Oct 2005
By Murat Batmaz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A quick listen of John 5's Songs for Sanity is bound to suggest that his previous collaborations with artists such as David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, Rob Halford, Rob Zombie, and John Wetton to name a few were certainly quite limiting given his talents presented on his solo albums. John Lowery goes under the name John 5 and Songs for Sanity is his second solo output after the critically acclaimed Vertigo.

This is an entirely instrumental release with the exception of some spoken parts in a song or two or a funny appearance of a singer who attemps to sing in a reggae style on "Gods and Monsters", one of the more atmospheric and laid-back tunes with electronic drum beats and synth work, fuzzy guitar sounds, and eventually a challenging lead solo that is rather impressive. The first half of the album is decidedly more shred-oriented; manic sweeps fill "Damaged", the album opener, together with heavy as hell rhythms and a bluesy guitar tone utilising Morse-like picking. Over-dubbed guitar lines duel with each other, leaving the non-Manson fan speechless when it comes to John 5's amazing skill in his instrument. Fast (and I mean really fast!) tapping licks open "Soul of a Robot", littered with killer vibrato work that is generated by an almost robotic proficiency. The song delves into classic rock territory but is carried out in a very Steve Vai-like playfulness, producing weird soundscapes. John 5 then explores some bluegrass meets country on "Gein with Envy", a bit similar to the stuff on String Cheese Incident's last album, and immediately launches into his first atmospheric track, the moody "Sin". Modern sounds emerge recalling his past with Manson and his recent stint with Rob Zombie. However, all of it is put aside with the arrival of an impossibly fast shred guitar that then is again replaced by an atmospheric break allowing the drums to shine. The whammy bar usage at the end is a bit excessive and overtly Steve Vai influenced, but I'm sure the average guitar fan will love it.

The "Blues Balls" title is self-explanatory, enriched with echoic organ sounds floating about in the background layered by classic rock guitar melodies. From here on, the album develops a more cinematic feel starting with "Fiddler's" which begins with a tongue-in-cheek commentary about the singer in HIM, and John says he prefers guitar shred and showcases his frenzied instrumental prowess. "2 Die 4" is the darkest cut, with sporadic acoustic guitars and weird sound effects that would make for a great horror movie soundtrack. "Death Valley" is another classic rock tune, except that it begins with a woman giving directions with car horns and heavy traffic heard in the background. Finally John 5 meets Steve Vai, undoubtedly one his main inspirations, on "Perineum", and the two guitarists shred each other out, exchanging solo spots and then doing unison solos. The song marries modern production with classic guitar virtuoso and never fails to borrow Vai's mystical guitar tones along the way. It ends with a long ambient section bleeding into "Denouement", another atmospheric piece that closes the album on a very frantic speed solo note. Once again the whammy bar at the end goes a bit excessive for my likes, but other than that this is quite possibly the most melody-friendly song on the album.

Give Songs for Sanity a listen and discover an amazingly talented guitar player. Granted his songwriting and guitar tone may not be everyone's taste, he is impeccably skilled when it comes to guitar playing and combining it with fun and energy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Impressive 19 Oct 2005
By Draven - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Well, I'm going to get things straight. I hate Marilyn Manson. He doesn't have anything on Alice Cooper despite what the uneducated youth may say (I listened to all of Marilyn Manson's CDs and Alice Cooper's CDs too). I have a friend who is a big fan of Marilyn Manson however. Though, nothing on his albums really stood out to me. So, when my friend finally bought John 5's solo CD and was flipping out after hearing it...I just figured it was more hype. I was wrong to judge before hearing the CD. I listened to the CD and found myself enjoying song after song. I'm now a fan of John 5's solo CDs and hope he releases more. Marilyn Manson really held back this talented guitarist.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
WOW! 22 Sep 2005
By Homer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is such an awesome piece of work. The guitar playing is just amazing. The styles John-5 plays are just so varied, from heavy metal, "Damaged" to more of a rock feel loaded with effects "Soul of A Robot" to all out bluegrass type country "Gein With Envy". The solos on every song just make you want to pick up your guitar. Also unlike most guitar instrumental albums, this is very enjoyable to listen to and has some very catchy songs. Also the drums aren't the usual snare only nightmare that are on other guitar albums. There is some pretty good double bass drum action in some songs. Also check out "Death Valley" John-5 got Albert Lee to play on it. Also the amazing Steve Vai makes an appearance on "Perineum", the song is great, you hear John-5 and Steve Vai trade off on solos, that's enough incentive for me to buy a CD!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Awesome follow up 3 Sep 2006
By Connor L. Gibson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
My review will feature descriptions of my favorite songs on the CD.

This album opens with one of John-5's most brilliant songs to date, "Damaged", which has a heart attack inducing opening, a rediculously addicting chorus riff, and of course, inhuman guitar playing throughout the verses.

Sin begins with an errie feel, adding heavy guitar and drum fills as the song progresses. The tempo then picks up, and offers a spastic dose of quick guitar work and some double-bass based drum fills that make me drool.

Blues Balls is very well composed song played in a blues style with John's touch of heavy guitar thrown in. The opening riff and the chorus really make the song.

Gods and Monsters is a darkly composed track with a neat, creepy riff, a simple drum backtrack, and some well placed piano notes to add to the feel of the song. The song climaxes into groups of heavy sections, and back into the creepy pattern.

2 Die 4 is a very relaxing acoustic track (with a lot of background noise, I think it might be someone breathing with heavy distortion, or a shore or breeze, or something!). I really like that John added this track to the album, it helps demonstrate his versatility.

Perenium, featuring Steve Vai, is a choatic metal song that is basically a battle of guitars amidst a driving drum groove. The endless solo-ing is hard to describe; it's more abstract than most of John-5's other songs, but always ends out fitting well.

Denoument sums the album up brilliantly. The beginning of the song borrows from the dark themes of "Sin" and "Gods and Monsters", and leads into a very expressive chorus, which itself is like a slower version of the chorus of "Damaged". The song leaves you with a concluded feeling, yet also hungry for more John-5. I can't wait for his next solo album.

THE GENERAL IDEA: This CD is an awesome follow up to Vertigo (also excellent), and even though I didn't mention any of the country songs, they fit well into the album (who knows how he does it). This album was meant to be a progressive, instrumental, country/metal album, and that's exactly what it ended out becoming. BUY THIS ALBUM! This guy doesn't deserve to have his hard work ripped off from Limewire and the like.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Better than the first one...and that one rocked. 28 Dec 2005
By Herbert West - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I got Vertigo first when it came out. Its a good record with a nice mix between metal/bluegrass throughout. But Songs For Sanity takes the cake. This album has the most variety and an overall cohesive niche it likes to be in. The album is much darker than its predecessor, but still has acoustic and bluegrassy country ditties scattered through the album. On his second solo album, John Lowry blends atmospheric synths with heavy drumming and the screaming, searing guitars that move in at your ear at warp speed! The solo's on this record are more epic too and the songwriting has increased with great results on this album. Without a vocalist, the music has to standout and be something unique and I think Songs For Sanity does that. Totally recommended to people with eclectic tastes in music. Standout tracks? All of them
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