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Joe Satriani

  • Surfing With the Alien [Relativity, 1987] C+

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Surfing With the Alien [Relativity, 1987]
The latest guitar god calls up keywords like "taste" and "musicality" rather than "flash" and "heavy"--not only does he write melodies (and countermelodies), he fuckin edits them. Thus he delivers both the prowess cultists demand and the comfort they secretly crave. That it surprises him to hear the result behind insurance commercials only goes to show how little guitar gods know of the world. C+