Engines of Creationby Joe Satriani
With his latest album, ENGINES OF CREATION, Joe Satriani steps into the modern age, infusing his songs with drum 'n' bass and techno samples. He isn't the first guitar hero to play with computers -- Jeff Beck pumped up the breakbeats on his 1999 album WHO ELSE? and onetime Satriani student Steve Vai toyed with electronic percussion last year on THE ULTRA ZONE -- but Satriani understands electronica perhaps better than either of his peers, having taken an active interest in alternative music since the early '90s. On much of ENGINES OF CREATION, Vai lets the beats do the heavy rhythmic work, leaving him free to sculpt and color the songs with his eye-popping guitar playing. As a result, the disc offers some of Satriani's most satisfying material since his 1987 Grammy Award-winning album, SURFING WITH THE ALIEN. And fortunately, Satriani doesn't sing on the album, allowing his vibrating strings to do all the talking. Throughout ENGINES OF CREATION, Satriani offers a balanced attack, experimenting with ringing chords and gurgling keyboards on "Flavor Crystal 7," contrasting accordion-like guitar sounds with insect-buzz on "Borg Sex," and unraveling romantic melodic passages over a samba beat on "Clouds Race Across the Sky." A miracle of Creation, for sure.
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- Sbme Special Mkts.
Performance CreditsJoe Satriani Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards
Anton Fig Drums
Pat Thrall Bass
Eric Caudieux Bass,Keyboards
Technical CreditsJoe Satriani Arranger,Programming,Producer
Kevin Shirley Producer,Additional Production
Rex Ray Art Direction
Mick Brigden Direction
Eric Caudieux Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Arnie Pustilnik Direction
Stephen Saper Engineer
Rupert Adley Illustrations
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Satch has done it again. I love how he always wants to keep his music fresh so that no one could ever say he is doing the same old thing. I love this CD. Borg Sex and Devil's Slide are phenomenal. This CD doesn't stop pumping. It is great to hear.
... Joe did it again. Except this time ... HE REALLY DID IT!!! So controlled and so full of life. His sounds are so sensitive and so polyrhythmic ... It just blew me away. Why give him a grammy, when he has the whole world in his music??? ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Just when you thought he was starting to sound the same, Joe changed the game again. This time on a completely different level. There is no other artist who can compare with Satch. Hendrix, Clapton, Vaughn were great for their times, but Satriani is what guitar is all about. Engines Of Creation blew my mind and has never left my car cd player. Even if you are not a Satriani fan, this has something anyone could like. The thunderous techno-rythm of ''Borg Sex'' to the melodic beauty of ''Slow and Easy'' Satch does it yet again.