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12 Jun 2007, 21:50

I've had it. I'm sick of having to sift through guitarists’ mediocre releases for the flashes of brilliance that used to be on full display for entire albums. So I'm calling them out.

A number of guitarists out there started their careers releasing entirely instrumental albums that revolutionized the genre. They gained popularity, rightfully so. But then they said to themselves "Well, I'm in the money. Now I can start pumping out lame, uninspired albums with mostly vocal tracks." And they did. Yet they remain among the most popular instrumentalists, all while countless up-and-coming guitarists are out there releasing far superior, entirely instrumental albums without commercial success. Without further ado, here are:

The Purpetrators

Joe Satriani
Excluding blues/jazz/classical guitarists (an act that should be performed whenever possible), Joe Satriani has the most last.fm listeners of any solo guitarist. Which, of course, makes him the best. Yeah...
To date, he's released 10 studio albums. Of these, only two, 1987's Surfing With The Alien and 1992's The Extremist, contain the vast majority of his most popular tracks. The 15 years between now and The Extremist's 1992 release have seen 6 more studio albums, as well as numerous live and compilations, released under Satriani's name. They have been marked by a steady decline in quality, with guitar instrumentals being supplanted by ill-fated forays into vocal tracks and other poorly-executed genre combinations.
Very few guitar instrumentalists have even 6 studio albums to their names. Of these, perhaps only Satriani could release six straight flops and yet somehow remain at the top of the genre. It isn't fair to the other guitarists putting out quality instrumental albums, but past that, it isn't fair to those buying his albums.

Yngwie Malmsteen
He is as big a culprit as any. (Big, get it?) His debut album, Rising Force, was nothing short of a triumph. Not a track is wasted, and most remain concert essentials to this day. He followed this with Marching Out, which was a change in that it featured only 2 instrumental tracks (excluding an intro track primarily consisting of silence), compared to 6 on the last album. However, Marching Out is by no means a bad album. There is still no shortage of soloing on the vocal tracks, and the album is considered a power metal staple from a time when the genre was still just beginning.
Upon the release of his third album, Trilogy, things began to look familiar. Indeed, it had two top notch instrumentals in Crying and Trilogy Suite Op: 5, but the 7 vocal tracks were nothing special.
Malmsteen has now released 14 (14!!!) studio albums, and with the exception of the excellent Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in E Flat Minor Op. 1, they all follow the exact same formula: On the majority of the tracks, Yngwie riffs out an intro. Next, enter generic power metal vocalist. Verse, chorus, Yngwie solo, rinse, repeat... Throw in one or two instrumentals to keep folks happy, and you've got yourself an album.
I certainly won't claim to be the first to notice this trend. After all, he's done it ten times now. In a way, it could be all he's capable of, working exclusively with neoclassical rock stylings and harmonic minor scales. After he poured his heart and soul into his debut album, people demanded more. There's only so much that can be done within Yngwie's style of music, so he spread the good tracks out. Well, it's worked great for prolonging his career, but it's cheating his listeners. We have to search through every release for the one or two solid tracks. Come on, Yngwie.

Buckethead
I am so tired of hearing about this guy. His 30k listeners on last.fm belies just how well-known he is. He is among the most widely known guitarists worldwide, and yet I don't think him fit to be called a guitarist in the first place. He takes the practices of the other guitarists on this list to the next level by actually going entire albums between good tracks. A fine example of a filler album is his 2004 offering The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell. (My, what an inventive name!) You will not find a normal melody anywhere on this disc's 17 tracks. In its place is a combination of aimless, atonal shredding and bizarre, math metalesque riffscape. People are going to tell me I don't get it. Let me beat them to it. I don't get it. Furthermore, I don't want to. I'd be more than happy to leave Buckethead alone if he'd stop getting so much press as a virtuoso guitarist when the majority of his releases don't fit that bill. Such a shame, too; he's as technically skilled as just about anyone.
Here are the numbers. He's released a staggering 21 solo albums. Since 2002, he's averaged over 2 albums per year. Quality. Of the 21, I know three to be decent, melodic guitar driven albums (and even these must be picked through to find the good tracks among the stinkers.): Colma, Electric Tears, and Population Override.
There could be more good tracks or albums in Buckethead's collection that I don't know of. Frankly, with 21 albums and counting, the potential musical reward isn't worth the time and effort that would be required to discover it. On the other hand, if someone were to purchase all 21 albums, that would be a lot of money for Buckethead. Oh wait, that would help him, not me. Never mind.

Paul Gilbert
Paul Gilbert is an interesting one. He started out with Racer X playing a fast-paced brand of 80's metal. With his talent, it was only a matter of time before his legend grew and he was able to form a new group, Mr. Big. This group featured the incomparable Billy Sheehan on bass. With Sheehan and Gilbert, arguably the most technically-gifted players on their respective instruments, in the same band, one would be led to expect groundbreaking music chock full of instrumental pyrotechnics. Instead, Mr. Big was a ho-hum pop rock band. Gilbert's (and Sheehan's) skill took a backseat to the pursuit of a top-40 hit. They soon hit it big with the trite love-ballad To Be With You. And they made money. Lots and lots of money.
To Paul's credit, he eventually left Mr. Big and reformed Racer X. Here, his skills were once again put to good use, although the continued presence of a rather grating vocalist detracted from the overall experience. Racer X was good, but a solo album would have been better. Or so one would have thought...
In fact, Gilbert had released a solo album, 1998's King of Clubs. On it, Paul continued his tradition of completely ignoring his extraordinary gifts to instead produce boring, generic pop-rock. Alright, Paul, we get it. You have eclectic taste in music. Will you please play your guitar now? He wouldn't. He released 5 more albums like it, with a minimum of good guitar playing. If there was a silver-lining in Paul wasting his talent like this, it was that unlike Yngwie Malmsteen, who would hide a solid instrumental track amid the filler on a succession of lackluster albums, Gilbert's solo albums were so abyssmal that they can safely be avoided entirely. Hurrah.
How about a real silver lining? It's that he's gone in the opposite order. He has one entirely instrumental solo album, and it's his most recent. At long last, Get Out Of My Yard is great from start to finish, and gives hope of a future of more releases that showcase Gilbert's one-of-a-kind talent to its full extent once and for all.

Who knows if these guitarists can be changed... But one thing for certain is that we shouldn't be supporting this inferior work. Everyone, stop buying bad albums. (If you simply must hear them, there are other ways of obtaining the music that I'm not necessarily advocating so much as pointing out that they do indeed exist.) Instead, support the little guys that are quietly putting out really quality music. Your music collection will be better for it. Here are:

The Good Guys

(In light of just how long this journal is becoming, I'll refrain from listing every commendable guitarist. For a near-comprehensive list of guitarists both well-known and obscure, I refer you to this journal entry. Anyway, here are a few of the most praiseworthy, who exemplify various traits of proper guitar virtuoso ethics.)

Mattias IA Eklundh
I deliberately mention him first, because he is the model for how to properly balance instrumental and vocal music. The majority of his music is released with the band Freak Kitchen, which features Eklundh on lead vocals and guitar for this three-piece band of rather ambiguous genre classification. I'm not a huge fan of the band, listening mostly for the guitar solos. Fortunately, Mr. Eklundh also has two solo releases, each featuring 20+ entirely instrumental tracks. Everyone else, take note. This is how it's supposed to be done. People who want to listen to a band with vocals can buy Freak Kitchen albums. People who want only guitar can buy his solo albums and get just that.

Andy Timmons
Andy Timmons is a criminally unknown guitarist. (I must admit, I myself only recently discovered him.) His sound is very similar to Joe Satriani's. However, Timmons has significantly more skill with his instrument, which results in more varied and interesting music. While he doesn't necessarily render Satch obsolete, he's just undeniably superior, yet boasts 2.5% as many listeners. This should change.

John Petrucci
I feel he deserves special mention for his brevity. The majority of his career has been spent doing great things with Dream Theater. I probably don't have to tell anyone what a phenomenal guitarist he is. He has had only one solo release, Suspended Animation, though he's almost certainly capable of more. Still, I must give him praise. Instead of pumping out bunches of filler-laced CD's, he spent a great deal of time writing music for one, and it shows. The album is entirely instrumental and entirely fantastic throughout its generous hourlong running time. Thanks John, for doing it the right way. As a side note, Kiko Loureiro would have been a more obscure, but equally effective example here. Buy his album too.

Jason Becker
He could have been the greatest. As it was, he came close. The dude's got ALS, he needs all the money he can get. Buy Perpetual Burn, and grab both of Cacophony's releases while you're at it. They're great.

Marty Friedman
Marty gets the final good guy shout out for not becoming lazy after he hit it big. He put out two albums alongside Becker in Cacophony, as well a top-notch solo album, Dragon's Kiss. This was enough to get him into Megadeth. However, he's continued putting out solo albums, 5 to date. They are extremely varied, and all worth picking up.

So now you know which artists to boycott and some to support. I'd really appreciate some feedback on this. Flame if you must, but before you do, keep in mind that even if I'm criticizing these guitarists, they are all currently among my top 50 artists overall. I love what they do, but I also know what they're capable of and feel cheated when they give me something less.

Comentarios

  • evilpandawrath

    A great journal, but seeing as Buckethead is one of my favourite guitarists, I'm inclined to disagree with some of the stuff you've written there. Sure, he has quite a few throw away albums, but when he's good he's amazing which makes it worth listening through some of his more abstract moments (in my opinion anyway) - oh and I like the randomness and heaviness of Cuckoo Clocks of Hell. Makes a change from all the bland Yngwie rip-offs out there.

    12 Jun 2007, 23:53
  • ShredHeadVaiGuy

    Thanks man. Yeah, I wish I had the sophistication/patience to appreciate that stuff, but I just can't do it. If someone with even more free time than I were to compile a 'Best of Buckethead' list, with a focus on his more conventional stuff, I'd be all over it. I couldn't do it. Will you? Seriously, thanks for the comment, and as a side note, I love your charts! It's chock full of artists I like, and artists I've been meaning to get in to.

    13 Jun 2007, 0:39
  • Efe75

    I dont know if you're just interested in acoustic..but I would reccomend checking out a guy called Antoine Dufour. I beleive some of his videos can be found on youtube, and also, if you havent already done so..get some stuff by Andy Mckee too. P.s good call on Eklundh, he is one crazy fucker, and I als think you forgot the legend that is Nuno Bettencourt.(Listen to Midnight Express). P.p.s very worthwhile journal. I wish more people would write such thought out and coherent entries as opposed to the endless shitheap of deriving your contribution to humankind by dividing the number of artists on your stats by how many women you have slept with or some shite..

    13 Jun 2007, 1:19
  • evilpandawrath

    You have quite a few things in your charts that I want to check out too, a lot of guitarists that I've never heard of and will have to check out at some point - good to see someone else with Dave Weiner's solo album though. Anyway, I'll definitely think about writing a journal for people who wanna listen to Buckethead but are put off by the thought of weird meandering atonal soundscapes. I'm just not a very coherent writer at the best of times so I can see it being a very mangled journal when I do get round to it

    13 Jun 2007, 1:41
  • Ramez05

    I completely disagree with you regarding Buckethead. Buckethead consistently has put out great album after great album under so many different names and has colaborated with so many other brilliant musicians that its hard to keep track of him. the only reason for his 30k+ listeners is because of his track in Guitar Hero 2. Not as many people know of him as you might think. Most the listeners of him have heard either 'Population Override', 'Electric Tears' or 'Colma'. You really need to dig deep into his huge discography to truely appreciate his genius. As for unknown guitarists putting out great albums right now check out John 5. His style is similar is to Buckethead but with a little more edge, probably influenced from his work with Marylin Manson and Rob Zombie What do you think about Steve Vai? Unlike Joe Satriani he hasnt resorted to adding any of his vocals to his tracks and he has consistantly put out pretty good records. The only thing that has changed for him over the years is that he is slowly becoming more and more metrosexual. heres some other instrumental guitarists you should check out... Gary Hoey Marc Ribot .... .... blah blah blah tons of jazz/fusion guitarists great journal btw

    13 Jun 2007, 2:54
  • ShredHeadVaiGuy

    Hurray! Recommendations! I haven't heard any of these guys, so this'll be great. So far we've got: Antoine Dufour Andy McKee Nuno Bettencourt John 5 Gary Hoey Marc Ribot Keep 'em coming, everyone! Help me fight the guitarist ruling class. @Efe75: Thanks man. I'm glad I'm not the only one sick of seeing people's 'Eclectic Scores' spamming 80+ artists' most recent journals. Nobody else cares about these. Find your eclectic score if you must, but don't try to share with everyone else. We aren't interested. @evilpandawrath: Someone with your taste in music has to be at the very least of above-average intelligence. Don't put up roadblocks for it. Of course, something like not having the time to waste could be a more legitimate excuse. Maybe we can get Ramez05 to do it. He seems to know his stuff. @Ramez05: I figured my remarks about Buckethead would garner the most backlash. You make a very good point about the Guitar Hero effect. I hadn't thought of that. I called him well-known based on his having more listeners than most other guitarists, and based on having met people that have heard of him, but not of any other of even the biggest guitarists. It's true, I don't know much about him past the few albums I've had recommended to me. I've been asking about someone making a 'Best Of' tracklist. Could you handle the task? If nothing else, which other albums do you think I might not hate? As far as Steve Vai goes, I purposely left him off this list. I don't know how seriously people will take my opinion, given that he's in my username and at the top of my chart. But since you asked... With the four guitarists mentioned as 'Purpetrators,' Steve Vai rounds out arguably the top 5 most listened guitar virtuosos. (Paul Gilbert doesn't have that many listeners, but he also until recently didn't have any listenable solo releases either. He's very well known.) Vai hasn't been quite consistent enough to warrant inclusion in the 'Good Guys' column. I love him, but I just can't defend SEX & RELIGION or The Ultra Zone. Conversely, he's not even close to fitting the description of the rich, lazy virtuoso guitarist. His best songs are spread out through his albums, both old and new. He does vocal tracks, but never at the expense of the instrumentals. Also, I find his enjoyable, which can't be said of those on Gilbert's or Yngwie Malmsteen's vocal offerings. Nor Satch's. Here I've gone and written another book. To conclude, Vai is rock-solid. Forgiving a few missteps, his success hasn't affected his ability to put out good albums.

    13 Jun 2007, 7:03
  • Ramez05

    Buckethead's albums 'Crime Scene Slunk' and 'Giant Robot' are great starter album because they showcase most of his styles and diversity. Most people havent heard of his other bands Cobra Strike and Thanatopsis. I think hes done some of his best work under those names. if you want i can rattle off a list of maybe 100+ great jazz, fusion, avante garde, country, and new age guitarists that might peak your interest.

    13 Jun 2007, 14:10
  • evilpandawrath

    I reckon his very best work is done under his own name though, but his other projects tend to be a lot more consistent in what they put out, making them a little bit more accessible to people that are new to Buckethead. Still, Crime Scene Slunk is definitely a good place to start, though I still think Pepper's Ghost is as good a place to start as any if people are expecting more Jordan-esque type material

    13 Jun 2007, 14:43
  • unclejimbo827

    Don't forget Liquid Tension Experiment for John Petrucci. Highly recommended if you haven't checked them out.

    13 Jun 2007, 16:42
  • ShredHeadVaiGuy

    @omgshred: Check again, Kiko Loureiro got his shout-out. I put him in the same boat as John Petrucci, as someone who's played with a band for many years and put out a minimum of solo albums but made them count. Exploring them both in full detail would have been redundant. I deemed Petrucci the more widely-recognizable of the two, so he got the full write-up, while Loureiro got a mention. But yes, I agree that No Gravity is pure excellence. Cool username, btw. @Ramez05: Egad! I've just realized that I lied. I remember now that I have, in fact, listened to Buckethead's Crime Slunk Scene, and, if I remember correctly, found it rather enjoyable. Buckethead is moving up... I'll add Cobra Strike and Thanatopsis. I don't doubt your knowledge of all those guitarists, but a huge list would probably just overwhelm me. I'd take a few more recommendations, though I can't say I'm in to any of the styles you listed. I'd need the really accessable stuff, I guess :-P. @evilpandawrath: Consistent is good. I understant that the weirdness thing is just what Buckethead is, and he's not going to change that. But I still think that with his talent, he could be huge if he'd just sit down and put out something straightforward. He doesn't exactly have a Surfing With The Alien or a Rising Force. I don't know if I'm being clear; hopefully you understand. I hadn't heard of Pepper's Ghost, but I'll look into it. I dream of an entire album of Jordan-caliber tracks. @unclejimbo827: Liquid Tension Experiment, though not mentioned, has certainly not been forgotten. It's great, if less-focused, stuff, but calling it John Petrucci's solo work wouldn't be fair to the other three members of the group. That's why I didn't mention it.

    13 Jun 2007, 19:21
  • guitarshred66

    Very good journal. The only part I strongly disagree with you on is Buckethead. As Ramez already said, if you listen to some of the lesser listened albums and even albums done under a different name, there is a much better chance you'll enjoy and appreciate him for the genius he is. Also, if you haven't already, check out Guthrie Govan. His solo album Erotic Cakes is phenomenal. I also have to mention Rusty Cooley, while some see him as nothing but mindless wankery, I find his solo album to be very enduring and interesting.

    13 Jun 2007, 21:57
  • evilpandawrath

    I definitely agree about Rusty. He's got some cool riffs and when he's goin full speed he uses it to good effect, rather than the mindless wankery people associate him with for some reason. Also maybe check out some Rob Balducci, he's got 3 solo albums out I think full of cool instrumental tracks. I'll get round to that Buckethead journal eventually, but I might write it in August/September when I'm a bit more focussed with my writing, as I'll be getting ready for my next year at uni and will need practice at writing critical assessments of books/albums/whatever

    13 Jun 2007, 22:29
  • ShredHeadVaiGuy

    Another vote for Buckethead! Very well. I haven't listened to Guthrie Govan before, but I'm not as big on the fusion guys. Rusty Cooley on the other hand I have listened to. He's good stuff. My question for both of you is whether you've listened to Rusty's band, Outworld. It's progressive metal, but a lot more shred oriented than most others. Odd singer though. [b]Running List of Recommendations[/b] Antoine Dufour Andy McKee Nuno Bettencourt John 5 Gary Hoey Marc Ribot Cobra Strike Thanatopsis Guthrie Govan Rob Balducci

    13 Jun 2007, 23:53
  • Jonjamo

    I agree with pretty much all of this, especially the Paul Gilbert section. He is showing quite a bit of promise with the Get Out Of My Yard album. I thoroughly enjoyed all of it. Nice choice with the Good Guys as well.

    14 Jun 2007, 1:39
  • guitarshred66

    I've heard Outworld's debut about 8 times now. I think it's very well execueted prog, something that is tough to do. I'm not sure which vocalist you're talking about though, they got a new one after the album was recorded. I personally liked the vocals on the Outworld release, but that's just me. Jonjamo: I have to agree with this, I was never big on Paul's solo stuff with vocals, but GOOMY was very good.

    14 Jun 2007, 2:52
  • saronix

    I'll have to disagree with Buckethead When he is good, he is amazing. Sure, he has a few albums that some people will skip but he's an experimental artist and not everyone will 'get it' on every album of his. I agree with Joe Satriani, his last few albums have been lackluster. But, I did like more albums then just Surfing With The Alien and The Extremist but those are definitely undeniably his best efforts. Now I am a shred fanatic, but I did like Paul Gilbert's pop stuff, I can see how shred fans would not. But I enjoyed the pop stuff, it was catchy and hilarious at times. Although the shredder in me did want him to write an instrumental record -- and he has done that now and it's awesome. I have to be honest, I'm not a huge Andy Timmonsfan, and I won't bother explaining why. Although He's certainly not bad. Steve VaiI also believe has fallen into the same category as Yngwie/Satriani somewhat. I love his stuff, and I always like several songs in his albums. But they just have not been keeping my interest as much lately. Anyway, what I agree with most in this article is Marty Friedman he has an exotic nice tone and his albums have always been awesome.

    15 Jun 2007, 4:01
  • evilpandawrath

    I'm gettin into Paul Gilbert's pop stuff too, there's definite glimpses of brilliance in it. Vai just keeps getting better and better for me... Waiting until Sound Theories is out though for my next big Vai binge though. Has anyone mentioned Neil Zaza yet? His Melodica album is close to perfect, if you ask me... Yeah I've heard Outworld too and while it was good, I prefer Rusty's solo album for the lack of vocals on it. Jeff Loomis of Nevermore is releasing a solo album apparently too, so with any luck that'll be pretty good

    15 Jun 2007, 5:26
  • ShredHeadVaiGuy

    You guys really liked Paul Gilbert's pop albums? Really? Well, very well, but I still think they're crap. Thank God for Get Out Of My Yard. I like my brilliance on full display, not in glimpse form. saronix, you caught me. I may have exaggerated the Satriani situation a bit. Not all his other albums have been flops. However, he's way less consistent than Vai. Look at Real Illusions: Reflections. It's amazing. I guess I'm sorry Vai isn't doing it for you. Maybe Vai with an orchestra will. (11 days!!!) @evilpandawrath: I've heard Neil Zaza is among the very best, but I haven't actually gotten any of his stuff yet. I'm very much looking forward to doing so. A Jeff Loomis solo album would be great. I Neverliked Nevermore's vocals. Thanks, everyone, for the continued comments.

    15 Jun 2007, 21:16
  • guitarshred66

    I disliked Paul's solo albums quite a bit. Not just for the lack of full on technical display, but I just genuinely disliked the music. Although I love Warrel Dane in Nevermore, Jeff's solo album should be phenomenal.

    15 Jun 2007, 23:57
  • kontenjeru

    Among Gilbert's pop albums, he's got some amazing classical/Baroque renditions, as well as a few shred-oriented pieces (Let The Computer Decide being one of his best). I recommend Christophe Godin if you like your shred mixed with wacky jazz and French humour. For the music nerds, Ron Jarzombek's use of the Circle of Fifths in his latest project Blotted Science will be an eargasm.

    16 Jun 2007, 18:07
  • GrantRS

    Hmm, looks like I've missed this discussion... There are quite a few things in here that I disagree with, Paul Gilbert has a very small number of listeners at the moment, as does Racer X. Mr. Big have a few more, but between the lot of them it's only about the same number as Vai, and I'm willing to wager that a lot of those listeners would be counted at least twice if not three times if you were adding them up. Paul has a great sense of humour. If you visit Paul's homemade website, you get a bit of an idea what he's about. There are a couple of exceptions on his solo albums, but I'd say I enjoy over 80% of his solo stuff. He tried something else, it happens not to be to your taste, and it happens not to be to a lot of other people's taste, but I don't think you can cricise him on it as there are a lot of people who will like it. It's just a shame that it doesn't reach the majority of those people. He's not resting on his laurels, he's perhaps bringing albums out too regularly. If he doesn't release instrumental albums it's probably for a reason. I agree about Eklundh, Timmons, Friedman...but not so much Becker or Petrucci's solo album. I much prefer Liquid Tension Experiment or Dream Theater for Petrucci. Becker's stuff just doesn't really grab my attention. What's all this criticism of Satriani having too many vocal tracks though? Since 1992's The Extremist, he's had one vocal track on his self titled album and two on Is There Love In Space?...There are none on Crystal Planet or Strange Beautiful Music. Those two are both great albums. Personally, I'm a big fan of Is There Love In Space. Souls Of Distortion is a great sounding track. Engines Of Creation was, in most people's view, a disaster, but there are some people who support it. Satriani recognised the criticism, and he followed it up with Strange Beautiful Music, which is more in touch with where he started. Yet, despite this criticism of Satriani's three vocal tracks across six albums, you let Vai get away with the four atrocities of vocal tracks on Real Illusions: Reflections alone? Each of Alive in an Ultra Zone, Fire Garden and The Ultra Zone has at least the same number of vocal tracks that Satriani has released since The Extremist (unless you count Time Machine, which (I believe) was recorded before The Extremist). I agree that the Ultra Zone is pretty bad - There's some rubbish on that one - but, I liked Sex & Religion, Devin Townsend did a good job of the vocals on it. Ok, it wasn't purely instrumental shred, but it was great at being what it was. Malmsteen has just been churning out the same songs over and over for a long time. As for Buckethead...I'm not open minded enough to listen to anyone who wears ridiculous makeup...so you can guess where I stand on people who parade around wearing buckets on their heads. As for recommendations: He's been mentioned already, but Guthrie Govan is very good. Dave Weiner's Shove the Sun Aside is pretty good. Really most people I can think of have been mentioned.

    22 Jun 2007, 12:17
  • ShredHeadVaiGuy

    Aha! A worthy adversary! Alright, you got me on the vocal tracks. If the statistics you report are correct (You seem smart, I'm assuming they are), then I am completely wrong. Oops. I've clarified my opinion of why Joe Satriani is overrated in this other journal. But for the purposes of this journal, I'm only supposed to be complaining about lack of effort toward post-success releases, and I may have allowed my personal feelings affect my integrity. Perhaps Satch doesn't really belong on the list at all... If you're able to enjoy Paul Gilbert's pop rock solo albums, then more power to you, but you'd be in the minority nonetheless. As his most popular tracks can attest, the majority of his listeners like him for his guitar, not his vocal chords. I think so very highly of Gilbert, that it pains me to see someone with his talent spending so much time on music styles anyone can do. He's really one of a kind, and I want more. I glanced at your journals, and they look very interesting. You can expect comments soon, and I thank you for yours.

    25 Jun 2007, 3:39
  • GrantRS

    I'm going to post a response in the other journal then...

    26 Jun 2007, 13:02
  • steriliuz

    I agree with you in every word in this journal. Allthough I'm a Petrucci fan, I think he has made a couple of downright pukeable cliché songs, like whishful thinking.

    28 Jun 2007, 22:48
  • ShredHeadVaiGuy

    Really? I love Wishful Thinking, but then again, I like all guitar ballads, pretty much regardless of cheese/cliché factor. I hope you'd at least not feel the same way about Lost Without You. I think Petrucci needs more ballads; we've seen enough shred.

    29 Jun 2007, 9:07
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