Joe Satriani – Strange Beautiful Music (2002/2014) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Joe Satriani – Strange Beautiful Music (2002/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:00:11 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Rock
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“Strange Beautiful Music” is the ninth studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani. The album reached No. 140 on the United States Billboard 200 and remained on that chart for a week, as well as reaching the top 100 in four other countries. The title of Strange Beautiful Music is also the name of Satriani’s publishing company.

What’s a guitar hero to do now that the masses prefer electronic beats and rap-metal to killer scale runs? Joe Satriani seeks that answer on Strange Beautiful Music. Satriani set himself apart from other would-be kings of the six-string in the 1980s by combining impeccable technique with great feel and pop hooks. With those qualities, he produced great guitar-driven albums like Surfing With the Alien and Flying in a Blue Dream. On his 2002 release, Satriani tries to make his music fresh by incorporating world music influences and a bit of techno flava. To his credit, he succeeds more than he fails. “Belly Dancer” combines straight-up rock riffs with Middle Eastern-twinged melodies and faster-than-sound runs up and down the fretboard. On “Oriental Melody,” Satch’s world music sensibility shines with the help of ping-pong delay and keyboards. He still has a knack for great hooks, too, as is evident on “New Last Jam,” which features a melody that bounces around in your head for days. But none of these tracks approach the pop brilliance of his Surfing With the Alien songs. In many ways, the experimental nature of songs like “What Breaks a Heart” hark back to his Not of This Earth release. But Strange Beautiful Music suffers from inconsistency. While the mix-and-match approach works on “Belly Dancer,” it can also result in the bland discontinuity of “Chords of Life,” which at times sounds like “All Along the Watchtower” and at others resembles scale and chord exercises from Yngwie Malmsteen – not an enticing combo. And “Starry Night,” while a nice ballad, feels like an attempt to rewrite his masterful ballad “Always With You, Always With Me.”

01 – Oriental Melody
02 – Belly Dancer
03 – Starry Night
04 – Chords of Life
05 – Mind Storm
06 – Sleep Walk
07 – New Last Jam
08 – Mountain Song
09 – What Breaks a Heart
10 – Seven String
11 – Hill Groove
12 – The Journey
13 – The Traveler
14 – You Saved My Life