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JOE SATRIANI
Black Swans & Wormhole Wizards

 

 

Satriani quite rightly wears the mantle of the master guitarist, his fingers teasing impossible melodies out of his instrument.

 

On this, which is something like his 16th solo studio album (!!), he concentrates on songs, layering them with multiple melody lines to the point of ecstasy for any guitar fetishist.

 

This is no noodlefest though – the songs are primary, founded on simple and eternal riffs, dripping with lead lines and solos that seep like molten honey through the tunes. You can’t deny the enduring power of playing like this – so amazing are his melody lines that after a couple of listens the lack of vocals and their melodies means nothing and you’re humming away at a guitar melody instead.

 

On ‘The Golden Room’ he deftly explores middle eastern themes, while ‘Wormhole Wizards’ is a groovy rocker, ‘Wind in the Trees’ cleverly plays on the title’s theme and shows just how good this painter of guitar pictures really is, and the whole album really is like a masterclass in cool.

 

One of a kind, Satriani continues to enjoy a high profile on a major label, and shows no signs of slowing down in his quest to create (to use his terminology) ‘strange, beautiful music’. Long may he continue to make the rest of us look bad.

 

Shane Rockpit