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Could have been so much more..
on 15 November 2005
For those hoping to a return to the form shown on Crystal Planet, you'll be disappointed. I bought this without hearing any samples from the album, purely on the strength of it being a new Satch record. And nothing hurts more than an incomplete collection.
I'll get to the point. Satch should be more memorable than this. The melodies and chord structures are usually so original and different they lodge in your mind. ITLIS just doesn't have any hook, any particular sound that unifies the album. The songs are far too formulaic (melody, solo, melody, outro solo), and the drumming isn't going to set the world on fire. Where's Jeff and Stu? If this is direction Joe intends to follow, I'm going to lose interest pretty soon. This is a sad thing, because it was the strength of his composition and playing that made me pick the guitar up in the first place. I do try to enjoy his vocals, but they seem like an attempt to cover up unimaginative writing in some cases.
But I'll probably keep buying his records to see how he progresses. Maybe in a few years time, he'll pull out something as original as Engines or "Joe Satriani" again, and create some interest. ITLIS is far too safe for my liking.