For background, I first heard Joe just after his first record deal back in the 1980s in California. Crush of Love was on the radio a lot, and my curiosity was locked in forever. So with that, I own every Satch CD whether I like it or not.
Also for background, I don't give Joe a free pass with all his releases, despite owning all of them. Owning all his albums my way of thanking him for inspiring an entire generation of guitar players to be their best. For example, I did not care that much for Professor Satchufunkulous (although "Andalusia" is one of my all-time favorite Satch compositions), nor Unstoppable Momentum, nor Engines of Creation. Albums I do like, in no particular order, include Surfing, The Extremist, his self-titled album (with Manu Katche and Nathan East!), Crystal Planet, Time Machine, Super Colossal, and Black Swans. There are others of course, but those are at the top of my list.
...and so is What Happens Next. Honestly I cannot skip a track on this album. Each and every song is a gem. It reminds me of Crystal Planet a lot in its style and production, and The Extremist in its number of thrilling moments. I find myself saying "whoa!" out loud a lot on this one. For example, the intro to "Thunder" is played with one hand. Yes, ONE HAND. It's just incredible.
Every track glistens with Joe's usual tricks and precision, but on this album, it's not only his breathtaking stuntwork, but his ability to WRITE a catchy melody that is fully restored. It's always been Joe's writing that impressed me at the core. There are a lot of "shredders" and virtuosos out there, but Joe out-writes them all, and he did it on What Happens Next.
Congrats, Joe, for a tremendous album. I'm in love with it! We'll see you on tour soon!
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- Label: Legacy Recordings
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- Total Length: 51:18
- ASIN: B075JNQ21B
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