Joe Satriani
Surfing With The Alien


5.0
classic

Review

by StpDrpRckAndRll USER (2 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2005 | 72 replies | 18,872 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist


5 of 6 thought this review was well written

In the years leading up to the release of Surfing With The Alien, Joe Satriani spent his time working a studio repairing Blue Oyster Cult guitar tracks in the studio in exchange for recording time of his own. The result of these sessions was a masterpiece of virtuosity, musical genius and overall proficiency in every sense of the word.

Surfing With The Alien is THE ESSENTIAL Joe Satriani album. Joe poured his soul into every track, and it shows. Surfing With The Alien raised the bar for musical prowess, and this is how:

Surfing With The Alien
The album aptly named after this song, this is a true masterpiece. Joe shreds like hell and pushes the instrument to do more. If this is the first track you hear on the CD, you won't be disappointed. 10/10

Ice 9
WARNING: BAD PUN AHEAD! This song, like its name, is pretty cool. It's interesting the way Joe mixed up clean and distorted fills to make this song a definite keeper. 9/10

Crushing Day
By the name, I think Joe means he's going to crush our skull with his extremely rock-ified rhythm and lead skills. This song contains some of the coolest rhythm/lead correlations on the album. 10/10

Always With Me, Always With You
This was the song that got me into Satriani. Joe spares shredding (for the most part) for a calm background rhythm with an emotionally grasping lead part making this, by far, the most emotional song on the album. 10/10

Satch Boogie
Joe could boogie all night with this track. Aptly named, Joe knocks in with a fast, boogie-woogie riff then pulls one of the most drastic whammy bar tricks on the album. From there, Joe doesn't turn back, soloing for a straight minute on what is one of the best examples of knowledgeable shredding one could have. After a bout of two-hand tapping, Joe knocks the main riff in our heads again, and then leaves us out to dry. 10/10

Hill of the Skull
The shortest track on the album, this is a slow-paced death march-style piece. There is no shredding, it's a good change of pace but just not enough for me 7/10

Circles
If you want to talk about a change of pace from Satch Boogie, this is it. With what I think is the best rhythm on the album, Circles starts out very mellow and relaxing, then pounds our heads against the wall with Joe's inhuman soloing ability. 10/10

Lords of Karma
This is the most eastern-style track of the album, another example of Joe's musical prowess and his mastery of music in general, not just Western rock. It'll make you feel like you're in (insert stereotypical desert country here). 10/10

Midnight
This song is just plain cool! Joe uses two-hand tapping throughout the entire song. All this song consists of is Joe's guitar, various percussion and a barely noticeable bass rhythm. At first listen, though, one would think Joe had enlisted an entire army to record this song. 10/10

Echo
The bass rhythm takes an extreme precedence here. Again showing us that shredding is not necessary to prove virtuosity (though it sometimes helps), Joe does some excellent lead/rhythm correlation in this track. A worthy ending.

I have not a single complaint about Surfing With The Alien. Well, actually, I have one, and that is that this album proves Joe is better than me. With his unbelievable shredding ability, and his knowledge of his music, Surfing With The Alien has something for every level of player, and it shows us what can be done with six strings placed on a block of wood. Joe is a master of the instrument, and this is the proof. Overall, 5/5


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acdc91something
April 4th 2005



26 Comments


Agreed

morrissey
Moderator
April 5th 2005



1688 Comments


I'm not a fan of this type of music (not necessarily the whole genre, but for the most part), but nice review. Good work.

EdwardTheGreat
April 5th 2005



57 Comments


Great review of one of the best instrumentals out there. Good job.

fizz450_03
September 21st 2005



3 Comments


this one really rocked! satch is the master; from legatos to the dual hand techniques simply hands down

Zaine
October 16th 2005



199 Comments


this is prolly his best work to date. satch is unbelievable. if you havent heard this man and love true hearted rock n roll, get this album. if you like this, pick up more. honestly i cant say enough great things about joe satriani. truely unbelievable

allen_r
October 19th 2005



2 Comments


If there is anyone out there who has any doubt about joe's far-beyond insane ability, seek professional help immediatley. Or if you think this style of music is stupid, go listen to your stupid talentless greenday b.s. and leave real musicians alone.

Ace_of_Bass2112
October 19th 2005



257 Comments


Satriani always sounded like a fancy desert to me hmmm (ponders the idea of a satriani cake)

anyway ive heard his stuff at G3 and its awsome good review

benkickass
March 18th 2006



146 Comments


great reveiw,
amazing, inspirational guitarist

Blokus
April 16th 2006



155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album = ownage

Fade.To.Black
May 10th 2006



85 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

allen_r, please develope something called tolerence. I own every Green Day Record as well as Satriani, Vai, Petrucci and Yngwie Malmsteen. Is it not possible to enjoy instrumentals as well as some mindless pop punk?

Excellent review as well for a classic album.

MyRamona
May 22nd 2006



1074 Comments


This is such a fantastic album. okay review, would've been much more informative as an overall though. Satch boogie, circles and surfing with the alien are my favourite tracks.

Splinterspectre
May 24th 2006



4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

On the Whole I'd Agree with allen_r. Those who like Green Day (new stuff) like pop. Branch out dudes- Circles.....

LedZeppelin791
June 10th 2006



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love Joe Satriani. People have told me he was good. For some reason I can't help but want better solos from guitarists...

metallicaman8
June 10th 2006



4677 Comments


I'm not really a satriani fan. But I would like to see him and Kirk Hammet in a guitar off. That would be sweet.

benkickass
June 11th 2006



146 Comments


^heck yes! student V master...

pattern_recognition
June 11th 2006



950 Comments


Satch would win.
Not to bash Kirk (or my country), but it's like Australia playing Brazil in the World Cup.
It would be cool to see though. Not as cool as a monkey knife fight, but then what is?

metallicaman8
June 11th 2006



4677 Comments


two monkeys with knives fighting a bear.

And I donno, Hammet got's some pretty sick solo's up his sleave (RTL solo)

pattern_recognition
June 12th 2006



950 Comments


Yeah, but Satch has Summer Song. Not to mention Flying In A Blue Dream, which will make Kirk cry like a little girl (cos it's beautiful, not cos he couldn't play it).
It's all good though.

overdriven101
June 12th 2006



272 Comments


i borrowed this record from a mate yesterday, i love it!!!

benkickass
June 12th 2006



146 Comments


my advice is to keep it.



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