It is not easy to review this album, but I have attempted a detailed review of it at Amazon.com. Taken as a whole the album is a very complex piece of music. There are no chances to get bored as styles and pace are constantly in flux. Schenker never fails to surprise with his stylistic and compositional versitility, sounding different almost from track to track. At some points he can sound like Billy Gibbons, at others like Ritchie Blackmore, at others like Alex Lifeson, and at others like his more well-known sounds.
The tracks are on the short side, but as there are 19 tracks the album is a full-length epic. Since the tracks run into each other, heavy demands are made on the listener. This album is a little like Dreams and Expressions with vocals added, but this comparison fails to do Tales of Rock n Roll justice as the material is completely new.
At first, I thought the album was very strange, but I was left just wanting to play it repeatedly. I am on the 7th or 8th listen now, and the record has grown on me tremendously - I just want to keep on playing it. I think that listeners should not be put off making the effort with this album. Since it combines heavy rock with a more progressive feel, it is much more of a 'grower' than an 'immediate impact' project.
Now, I just the think the record is fantastic. Full of diverse powerful riffs, stunning lead breaks, great vocals - an extremely well executed and intelligent rock CD that will be wasted on those just looking for pyrotechnics. As usual with Schenker, technique serves the music and not the other way around. As that famous philosopher Wittgenstein said: 'when genius fades, technique begins to show'. With Schenker, though, the genius certainly has NOT faded. A stunning effort from the not-as-mad-as-we-thought axeman. I my view, Schenker has always been without rivals - buy the album!