Title: What Happens NextLabel: Sony / Legacy Recordings
by most as the guitar player’s guitar player, Joe Satriani
is without a doubt the most commercially successful solo
guitar player of our time.
2018 not only sees the birth of his sixteenth solo studio
release, but also the demise of one of his alien persona’s
Shockwave Supernova. A persona that Satriani thought was
taking over. This was documented by his son Zachariah
entitled 'Beyond the Supernova', which featured at last years
Mill Valley Film Festival last October
this new album and rebirth you need a guiding hand to see
you through those early steps and what better pairing than
Glen Hughes and Chad Smith, as they add that solid foundation
for this new album, aptly entitled ‘What Happens Next’.
new opus is regarded as Satriani’s most accessible to date.
From the opener ‘Energy’, the feel of rockier edge
is here for all to hear. A blistering slice of six string
fuelled rock, made the more edgier by the cohorts Hughes and
Smith superb rhythm section.
high edges rock come pouring out of every pore of the album
with the likes of ‘Catbot’, the superb ‘Thunder High On
The Mountain’, the stomping ‘Headrush’ and the rousing
album also has its mellower bluesy moments, with songs like the current
single ‘Cherry Blossoms’, the mood filled
‘Righteous’, the haunting ‘Smooth Soul’ and album
closer ‘Forever and Forever'. If you like things a little
funky then check out the seven minute splendour of 'Super Funky
All in all, another great album for the man and from the guitar player who just keeps on reinventing not just himself, but the whole instrumental guitar genre.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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