Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Apparently his time in Chickenfoot made Joe Satriani want to get back to where he once belonged, so he goes retro on 2010's Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards. About as far away from the heavy-footed party rock of Chickenfoot as possible, Black Swans is pure guitar prog, filled with compressed boogies, sci-fi synths, exotic flourishes, and all of Satch's phasers and flangers in full-tilt overdrive. Often, it feels like a throwback to the glory days of Surfing with the Alien, but there are crucial differences and they're not subtle, either. First off, Satriani's rock doesn't rock so hard -- when the tempo is a little faster or when a song is built on riffs, not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Apparently his time in Chickenfoot made Joe Satriani want to get back to where he once belonged, so he goes retro on 2010's Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards. About as far away from the heavy-footed party rock of Chickenfoot as possible, Black Swans is pure guitar prog, filled with compressed boogies, sci-fi synths, exotic flourishes, and all of Satch's phasers and flangers in full-tilt overdrive. Often, it feels like a throwback to the glory days of Surfing with the Alien, but there are crucial differences and they're not subtle, either. First off, Satriani's rock doesn't rock so hard -- when the tempo is a little faster or when a song is built on riffs, not melody, it's for a change in color, so nothing on Black Swans plays aggressively. Furthermore, the album lingers instead of pushes, Satriani setting the tone with long legato melodies and solos with plenty of pauses. As such, it's not a record that will tear your head off but rather a record to appreciate for its contours and textures, a mature work from one of the great rock guitarists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2010
  • Label: Red Int / Red Ink
  • UPC: 886977350023
  • Catalog Number: 773500
  • Sales rank: 1,088

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Premonition (3:52)
  2. 2 Dream Song (4:48)
  3. 3 Pyrrhic Victoria (5:08)
  4. 4 Light Years Away (6:11)
  5. 5 Solitude (0:57)
  6. 6 Littleworth Lane (3:46)
  7. 7 The Golden Room (5:19)
  8. 8 Two Sides To Every Story (4:10)
  9. 9 Wormhole Wizards (6:27)
  10. 10 Wind In the Trees (7:42)
  11. 11 God is Crying (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Satriani Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Jeff Campitelli Percussion, Drums
Mike Keneally Keyboards
Allan Whitman Bass
Technical Credits
Joe Satriani Composer, Producer, Engineer
Mike Fraser Producer, Engineer
George Marino Mastering
Mick Brigden Direction
Mike Boden Engineer, Digital Editing
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