Satriani, Joe: Unstoppable Momentum – Sony Music
The latest record, Unstoppable Momentum incredibly marks the fourteenth effort from Joe since we were graced in 1986 with his debut Not Of This Earth. Even more remarkable is how Joe is able to dig deep into his bag of riffs and melodies and continue to surprise us with his penchant for using guitar lines in the place of vocals in his instrumental music, truly astounding. It is doubtful his consistency could ever be surpassed or matched and therein lies the genius of Joe Satriani.
What makes this release special, has been the knowledge, since this album was announced, that Joe would be working with a brand new set of musicians, namely the incredible Mike Keneally on keyboards, Chris Chaney on bass and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums.
Of course, the results are spectacular as Joe again treads a broad spectrum of musical landscape from Beatlesque forays to riffs suggesting one of Joe’s favourite guitar heroes, Reverend Billy Gibbons. The production and sound are spectacular throughout and Joe utilizes the new cast effectively Colaiuta’s intricate patterns and Keneally’s dynamite keys spurring Joe’s melodies on to new heights. This is most noticeable in the gorgeous “Lies And Truths” a personal fave where both Keneally and Vinnie shine providing a platform for Joe’s most intense guitar moments on the disk. “Three Sheets” is the surprising element here, reminiscent in vibe of the Beatle’s Sgt. Peppers. Joe is currently touring and five of these new tracks are being trotted out to great reviews thus far.
Joe for the win again, he is unsurpassed in his style and shows no sign of slowing down, this album ranks in his top five for sure and as such is a must buy!
1. Unstoppable Momentum
2. Can’t Go Back
3. Lies And Truths
4. Three Sheets To The Wind
5. I’ll Put A Stone On Your Cairn
6. A Door Into Summer
7. Shine On American Dreamer
8. Jumpin’ In
9. Jumpin’ Out
10. The Weight Of The World
11. A Celebration