Album review: Joe Satriani, Flying in a Blue Dream (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 15, 1989

By Steve Newton

Joe Satriani is the ultimate hero for air guitarists. When he burst on to the mainstream recording scene with the all-instrumental Surfing With the Alien last year, his high-voltage attack had people everywhere going, “What the hell is that?” Not since Eddie Van Halen’s appearance had a hard-rock guitarist garnered so much attention.

After proving himself as a master of speed and raunchy effects, Satriani, with his new LP Flying in a Blue Dream, has gone on to other things–like showcasing his talents on banjo and harmonica.

The 16-song album also sports six vocal tracks, though, unfortunately, Satriani is no great shakes when it comes to singing. He’s bearable on cuts like “Big Bad Moon”, but it’s still his frantic guitar freak-outs that are the order of the day.

Flying in a Blue Dream comes across as a breakthrough album by a great player who’s only now starting to branch out and explore his musical potential.

 

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