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The cream of guitar playing
on 10 March 2003
Quite simply astonishing. Satriani proves that he is comfortable in almost any popular guitar style known to man with an album that contains hints of metal (extremist and war), classical guitar (tears in the rain), funk (why), and 60's accoustic strum-alongs (Rubina's blue sky happiness).
Aside from satriani's obvious talent as a musician there is the fact that none of the playing on this album ever sounds too over-indulgent. This man can fuse catchy vocal like melodies with state of the art lead playing to great effect. Satriani's strength has always been in his ability to create a plethora of moods on his guitar and creates an astonishingly diverse selection on this album. From the desolation heard at the end of "war" to the heart rending "crying" to the gloriously euphoric "Rubina's blue sky happiness" you're always left trying to guess what you're going to hear next (and are usually mistaken). Unlike many of his shred-head contemporaries, Satriani has never been too caught up in his own ego to deliver the goods and this album is proof.