One can tell that Joe Satriani, regardless of his virtuosic abilities, still has a deep love for rocking power chords and catchy riffs. Even when he's in full-on shredder mode, he cares just as much about flashiness as how his solos fit his baseline grooves and the overall progression of a composition. Satch's various exotic techniques and sounds are not the spotlight of the album, but rather employed to craft original and interesting melodies. This is an album pretty much every rock guitarist should listen to.
Joe Satriani is truely one of the guitar greats of our time. This album is proof of just how good he is and for and intrumentalist its not the regualtion technical buggery you may be acusmtomed to. HAbing no vocals means the guitar has to work the job of the riffing and soloing, but what Satch does is add it in place of the voice, and my god its amazing! His ability to make the solos sound so emotional and powerful (rather than just fast shredding) replaces any need for vocals and in it places does a fantastic job. Each song has the wow factor to make you sit up and take notice, smile and listen in wonder. The title track, Crushing day and Satch boogie are highlights on here. Amazing, truely amazing.