.....Since the beginning of his recording career,
guitarist Joe Satriani has been the most significant "Guitar God,"
dishing out gymnastic riffs - lightning-fast picking, whammy bar and tapping
techniques, intense arpeggios - with heart and controlled abandon.
"Surfing" With the Alien," his 1987 breakthrough, was the first
instrumental rock album in years to reach Billboard's Top 30.
......His new album, "Engines of Creation," breaks new ground
for Satriani. On the record, he abandoned the traditional rock arrangements of
earlier works and recorded without live bass and drums, associating his stellar
six-string virtuosity with elements of electro-experimentation. The focus is on
sampled grooves, programmed rhythms and synthesized sounds. Satriani's
co-producer was Eric Caudieux, known for his digital editing and programming
work alongside producer Trevor Horn (Art Of Noise, Yes, Seal, Rod Stewart).
Caudieux is responsible for morphing the guitar melodies into otherworldly
sounds on cuts like "Borg Sex." Satriani isn't the first guitar
player to "go techno," but he moves the marriage of shreds and
samples forward. He's in that small group of musicians who can grow with the
times, yet always remain true to themselves. While Satriani can be commended
for his creativity, many fans and critics agree that Engines of Creation contains too much techno and not
enough rock guitar. His trademark sound is lost amid a flurry of electronic
basslines and keyboard blasts. And the album lacks variety.
........... But fans interested in attending a
Satriani concert need not panic. The Grammy-nominated artist, played plenty of
old tunes when he took the stage on opening night of his new tour in
Sacramento. Incredible, as always. The energy was awesome. The band played
music from every record, sprinkle a few new songs throughout their set.
Personal favorites of the night were: Down Down Down,
Cool #9, Ice 9, Surfin, Rubina, and Until we say Goodbye. The
new songs did not come across with a " techno spoil , they rocked hard
with killer grooves and beat. Joe Satriani, touring with Eric Caudieux on
keyboards-rythum (guitar), Jeff Campitelli (drums) and Stu Hamm (bass guitar).
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By Randy Cohen
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