Joe Satriani’s ‘Strange Beautiful Music’ is his ninth studio album released on June 25, 2002 by Epic.
Track Listing : 1.Oriental Melody (Joe Satriani) – 03:56 . 2.Belly Dancer (Joe Satriani) – 05:02 . 3.Starry Night (Joe Satriani) – 03:55 . 4.Chords Of Life (Joe Satriani) – 04:13 . 5.Mind Storm (Joe Satriani) – 04:12 . 6.Sleep Walk (Santo Farina, Johnny Farina (Joe Satriani) – 02:46 . 7.New Last Jam (Joe Satriani) – 04:19 . 8.Mountain Song (Joe Satriani) – 03:31 . 9.What Breaks A Heart (Joe Satriani) – 05:20 . 10.Seven String (Joe Satriani) – 04:02 . 11.Hill Groove (Joe Satriani) – 04:10 . 12.The Journey (Joe Satriani) – 04:09 . 13.The Traveler (Joe Satriani) – 05:39 . 14.You Saved My Life (Joe Satriani) – 05:02
Musicians : Joe Satriani – Guitar, Banjo, Keyboard On (11 – 14), Sitar, Autoharp On (2), Bass, . Robert Fripp – Frippertronics On (6) . Eric Caudieux – Keyboard On (4) . Jeff Campitelli – Drums, Percussion On (14) . Gregg Bissonette – Drums On (2) . John Cuniberti – Percussion On (1, 2, 5, 10, 11), Engineering, Mixing, Production . Matt Bissonette – Bass . Pia Vai – Harp On (4)
Production : Produced By Joe Satriani, Eric Caudieux, John Cuniberti . Joe Satriani Engineer, Mixing . Justin Phelps – Assistant Engineer . Bernie Grundman – Mastering
Package : Jay Blakesberg – Photography . Rex Ray – Art Direction
Recorded 2001 – 2002 At The Plant In Sausalito, California; Studio 21 In San Francisco.
Released On June 25, 2002 By Epic.
The only reason it’s not 5/5 is that Satriani sometimes is way over my head, there i admitted it. He’s not nearly as complicated as Vai, for example, but unless you’re very verst in music theory, some of the songs sound weird. […]
The things I like most about it would have to be the way that, in most songs, he doesn’t just move on from an idea, he stays on itand comes back to it. This is always good, as his ideas are second to none. Something that I don’t like is the fact that… Umm… Er… The fact is that there is nothing I dislike about this album. […]
But Strange Beautiful Music suffers from inconsistency. While the mix-and-match approach works on “Belly Dancer,” it can also result in the bland discontinuity of “Chords of Life,” which at times sounds like “All Along the Watchtower” and at others resembles scale and chord exercises from Yngwie Malmsteen […]