With "Unstoppable Momentum" Joe Satriani remains true to the path he took before some albums and instead of spectacular fingerboard artistry he delivers fragile song and sound gems with (for his proportions) almost minimalistic guitar use. And since Joe, who fortunately again does without vocals here, is still an unmatched giant in terms of tone and melody (you can hear the opener "Unstoppable Momentum", "Canʼt Go Back" or the highway rockers "A Celebration" and "Shine On America Dreamer"), the bottom line is a very good and top produced album, which is, however, much less varied than "Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards" (2010). With keyboarder Mike Keneally (Zappa, Vai), drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Zappa, Sting, Beck) and bassist Chris Chaney (Slash, Janeʼs Addiction), Joe's studio band is of course also excellent and noble. Marco Minnemann will be the drummer at the numerous German dates at the end of June. A delightful combination.
Top track: Shine On American Dreamer