As a long time fan of Steve Stevens’ playing, I was tremendously excited when I heard of a new solo record. After a first listen, I was not disappointed. The guitar playing is incredibly virtuostic, delving into flamenco, blues, solid riffs, and experimental “sound efx”, as usual. The speed and sheer precision of the playing is mind-bending. The songwriting and melodic structure is exciting, and occaisionally pushes the envelope. It may not be as adventurous as Steve Vai or Mike Keneally, but is definately moreso that Satriani. I am not a fan of the blues, and was a little disappointed when the songwriting occaisionally went down this road. (The Blues are just too repetitive for my tastes.) But despite the form, even these songs leapt out of their standard nature at the fingertips or Mr. Stevens. Any fan of “Black Light Syndrome” will enjoy this record.