Joe Satriani Guitar Asks What Happens Next

Joe Satriani Guitar Asks What Happens Next

The excitement of a new release from Joe Satriani is a bubbling elixir of anticipation of sizzling guitar and an energy captured in the music that takes you on an instrumental journey of delightful discoveries.  Listening to What Happens Next? Is that a question Satriani is asking himself, where is his musical journey taking him in 2018 and beyond? For me What Happens Next, open CD put on the player, turn the volume up, sit back then be absorbed into every musical moment created on the album. Once again Joe Satriani’s scintillatingly sharp and persuasive manipulation of the six-strings sent a shiver of pure pleasure down my spine, my music antenna were pulsating with delight. As Joe Satriani guitar asks What Happens Next?

Joe Satriani’s immense guitar presence is at the heart of this twelve-track instrumental album. Joining him with perfect rhythm and timing with the pairing of Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith.  Deep Purple burns up the Red Hot Chili Pepper the two creating a monstrous beat. Building the perfect wall of sound for the wildness of Satriani in full flight. The trio complements each other resulting in the artistry of the Satriani guitar develops with a myriad of tones and textures. All three instruments talk to you as the notes replace the need for words whilst being transported to the world of Satriani.

Opening the album with Energy we are instantly drenched in a rich high-octane tonal experience. The beat is alive and kicking we are with feet firmly on the ground and the ears in tune with a journey that will energise, uplift and mesmerize as the notes cascade and follow each other in a perfect procession of rock glory. Opening with the drum kicking up a roar Thunder on High Mountain is a building storm the drum beat persistent with guitar in a swirling frenzy as the notes are whipped into a whirling maelstrom. Then bass adds depths that Thunder on High Mountain is intriguing, dangerous and never ignored.  We move from stormy mountains to Cherry Blossoms. A change in beat, tone and textures as the number unfurl as warm as a Spring day full hope and lyrical melodies. Catchy and beguiling the swirling mass of cherry blossoms are conjured into a thing of beauty performed with a gentle touch and lyrical emotions played out through the clever instrumentation.

Every track is a golden nugget of guitar playing spontaneous, alive, controlled and wild. No note misplaced this is music that creates a visual soundscape through the notes. The album is not a sprint with a headlong rush to close one number and fall into the next; neither is it a marathon with long tracks looping around itself often going nowhere. We are lopping along at the perfect pace to enjoy the box of delights as we find out What Happens Next. The title track towards the end of the album is slower the guitar stretches the notes exploring the cadences in a thoughtful exploring way. The track has a synergy as the three monsters of rock explore the sounds and asks once again What Happens Next? With the reuniting of Smith and Satriani could it be that Chickenfoot is to rise once again from the ashes as the supergroup we want to hear?  A new approach with bass driven Super Funky Badass brings out the inner funkiness of rock and re-energises an album that has no flaws.

Closing out an album that celebrates the power of the six-strings and the virtuosity of Satriani, Forever and Ever is an appropriate number as the superlatives describing the stunning playing of Satriani truly could go on Forever and Ever. While we think up some let’s go back to the beginning and see if this time we can answer the question What Happens Next?

 

Joe Satriani – What Happens Next – Sony/Legacy Recordings

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  1. Energy
  2. Catbot
  3. Thunder High On The Mountain
  4. Cherry Blossoms
  5. Righteous
  6. Smooth Soul
  7. Headrush
  8. Looper
  9. What Happens Next
  10. Super Funky Badass
  11. Invisible
  12. Forever and Ever

Joe Satriani Guitar Asks What Happens Next

New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones

New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones

New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones

How to get noticed in the world replete with Social Chatter?  As a Musician release a new album and change your style. Laurence Jones has done just that on The Truth. In an age where intro’s over 10 seconds are deemed too long, will fans of Laurence’s previous releases take the time to listen to the album a few times. As the truth is, it is still Laurence’s melodic vocals, his stinging guitar licks and timing. What has changed, the blues have been mellowed no rich veins of blues shuffles, riffs and hooks. The Truth is accomplished and more commercial. The album definitely has listenability appeal.

The opening track has grab appeal.  This is a different side of Laurence with the vocals strong and the guitar slinger is letting his voice be heard. The power of the chorus on What Would You Do will have audiences singing along. Echoes of Hamilton Loomis in tone and delivery.

The inner funkiness of the new Laurence glimmers on Don’t Look Back. That is what I advise listeners to do; don’t compare enjoy the album for what it has to offer. The guitar and vocals play off each other and the harmonies are sweet. Nothing on the album is overplayed. The drama builds and catches you unexpectedly. The album is not a set of ten tracks that are shaped by the guitar. The instruments are the base for the song. The slick and smooth blues licks are there, just not in your face.

The refrain throughout the album is relationships, love and how it makes you feel. The yearning to be loved is explored on Keep Me Up At Night. This is another cross-genre tracks, with radio play potential outside of the inner blues circuit. The sound of the album is mature, catchy and full of great tone with textures smoothed out and an understanding of what is pleasing on the ear.

We have a deep groove laid down by Greg Smith on Bass as Laurence asks you to Give Me Your Time, listening to The Truth is time well spent. Expect it to be different no longer guitar led blues. The replacement is subtle with the feel of blues ever present just under the dominant chorus and strong song.

The title track opens with mellow simple keys from Bennett Holland picked up by Laurence’s guitar with the sweetest refrain, with a beat of Phil Wilson’s drum heralding the vocals as Jones asks, ‘Do you ever wonder what It feels like?’ The tone is mellow, reflective the gentler side then the number builds and the old energy is once again glimpsed. Looking forward to hearing the numbers live under the heat of the lights.

The album livens up with a rocky beat on Gone Away. The instruments howl and wail once again his vocals have the strength to demand centre stage and the harmonizing of the chorus stands out then the guitar punches out the lick that curls and weaves itself around the vocals. The blues guitar is back on Can’t Go On Without You.  The timing is spot-on as it is throughout the album. Loving the way there is never a battle between guitar and voice both have their time and place to make a statement across The Truth.

The album is a crossroad moment for Laurence Jones. I am positive The Truth will win him many new fans. Recorded in Miami, produced by Gregory Elias and mixed by Juan Mario Aracil; The Truth hits the mark it is an album that will be returned to and explored with pleasure every time.

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. What Would You Do
  2. Don’t You Let Me Go
  3. Hold Me Close
  4. Keep Me Up At Night
  5. Give Me Your Time
  6. The Truth
  7. Take Me
  8. Gone Away
  9. Can’t Go On Without You
  10. Never Good Enough

 

New Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones