Strange Beautiful Music

June 25, 2002 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: June 25, 2002
  • Release Date: June 25, 2002
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 59:46
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  • ASIN: B00138J5GI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,660 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

This group of songs are fresh yet represent everything great about Joe's music.
I own just about every effort of Joes and the thing i love about him is i can buy any of his cds and never hear one song and know im going to love it.
This is his best studio cd since 'The Extremist' from 1992,which is one of my favorites.
Mike S

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on August 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
To me, _Strange Beautiful Music_ is a different album from Satriani. The difference is nothing overt and obvious (like the change from _Crystal Planet_ to _Engines of Creation_, for instance). This is still a beautifully melodic instrumental guitar album -- what Satch does best. So how is it different? The first several times I listened to this CD, there were very few parts that made me raise my eyebrows and think, "Wow, he's such a good guitar player!" Don't get me wrong, Joe Satriani's technique on this album is amazing -- more perfect than ever. However, on _Strange Beautiful Music_ the astounding technical chops are so impeccably integrated that I'm hearing the awesome melodies, emotional acuity, non-stop grooves, and the amazing guitar tones before I even realize the skill with which it is created.
It's no secret that Satriani is the master of infusing pop hooks with his amazing guitar playing. The guitar is his voice, and his mastery of melodic hook is truly remarkable. Even here, the hooks are less immediate than, say, those thrown at you by _Crystal Planet_ or _Surfing with the Alien_. But...the songwriting! It will stun you with its cleverness. "Belly Dancer" boogies like mad, with a guitar solo that builds bar by bar to an exciting end. "Chords of Life" surrounds a deep rhythmic drive with some gorgeous and groovy music, as well as all the sparkling exuberance of a novice's first guitar lesson. "Mind Storm" is a heavy blitz that aggressively rises into an unforgettable, chilling guitar chorus. The dense percussion, tempo dynamics, and flying melodies of "The Traveler" evoke the feeling of resolute determination in the face of persistent challenges. The song feels like a spiritual journey.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Joe Satriani's latest studio release, Strange Beautiful Music, is a solid display of guitar mastery from one of the very best in the world. This album is not as experimental and "computerized" as 2000's Engines of Creation, nor is it the writing masterpiece that was Crystal Planet. However, unlike either of those albums, Satriani has begun to really tap into his potential as a guitarist while in the studio. His playing sounds much better than it has in the past. Joe's studio recordings often sound very tight and precise, which I suppose may be good for the type of music he plays. But listen to the studio vs. Live in San Francisco versions of The Crush of Love, Ice 9, Crystal Planet, and Surfing with the Alien, and you'll notice how much more relaxed and loose he sounds live. Strange Beautiful music captures that better than the albums in the past have. Several of the songs are typical Satch, but he still manages to throw in some amazing and impressive surprises around every corner. The best tracks on this disc are What Breaks a Heart, Belly Dancer, Chords of Life, and The Journey, though all of the others are exceptionally good, as well. This is really a great album that grows on you with every listen. After a day, I would still place it below Crystal Planet (my personal favorite), and although I only gave it 4 stars, it is likely to become one of my favorites as I listen to it more.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nazz on June 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Forget everything you think you know about how a guitar is supposed to be played,and you might be in some kind of mind set to put this album in your CD player.
Although not exactley mainstream music,Joe Satriani's record sales are in the millions and he plays to sold out audiences worldwide.This album seems,at first,seems a mellow offering to the critically acclaimed "Surfing With The Alien",or the fantastic energy fuelled "Crystal Planet".On deeper listening,this is obviously not the case.Like a culmination of everything he has released to date,this album touches on all his work at times,blending them seamlessly(sometimes quirky)into a much more mature vibe.Nothing is left out style wise,brimming with acoustics,banjo,seven stringed guitars,and his uncanny knack of creating more beautiful catchy melody lines than you can shake a stick at,his amazing backing musicians(i use the term sparingly),dont miss a beat.They're the backbone of all this guitar indulgence.It doesn't sound engineered,on the contrary,it comes across live and fresh,and they obviously had a great time making this album together and it shows.
Fretboard acrobatics aplenty,Joe shows NO sign of slowing down.
Infact its faster,intermitent and used when its needed.He aint shredding here for the sake of it,not that he has to anyway.
Read it and weep non believers.If this learning curve is the future of Joe Satriani releases,then the best is yet to come.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William Smith on June 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was a big detractor of Joe's last cd the techno flavored "Engines of Creation" and have spent two full years hoping that Joe wouldn't continue releasing cd's of a similar vein. Seems all my whining at his messageboard may not have been in vein. He comes roaring (and I stress that word) back with what is generally masterful work, generally. For me "EOC" had Borg Sex and little else of interest, but Strange Beautiful Music has Starry Night and much, much more.
1. Oriental Melody - 3/5 - more of an idea than a full fledged song. Not a bad idea, it just seems incomplete. Also, I don't sense anything Oriental about it. I was surprised to see this title on the sticker of the cd... definately not "single material" for the masses.
2. Belly Dancer - 3.5/5 - starts out great, has a clever middle section that reminds me of Vai's Pusa Road but seems to fall apart at the end as the band degenerates into goofing around.
3. Starry Night - 5/5 - Ok, now we are cooking. This is what Joe is about. Sending a message with no words, just the guitar. Joe, message recieved.
4. Chords of Life - 5/5 - Instant Classic. Should play great live, great middle piece.
5. Mind Storm - 4/5 - a great mover again will be fun live!
6. Sleep Walk - 5/5 - you can't go wrong with the tried and true, other than I would have liked it to sound more like Satriani. Had I not known it was him, I probably wouldn't have guessed it. Maybe should have taken a chance and did it with all distortion, who knows mighta worked.
7. New Last Jam - 3/5 - a fun Zepplin style romp, nice catchy rhythm.
8. Mountain Song - 3/5 - has a sort of odd isolation feel to it, seems timeless, a great quality in a song 2 days old!
9. What Breaks A Heart - 4/5 - Starts slow but really builds, stick with it.
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