Josef Woodard
August 28, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Extremist

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Joe Satriani
genre
Metal, Instrumental

We gave it an B

Joe Satriani: The Extremist (Relativity) Actually, the title of guitar conquistador Joe Satriani’s fourth album is misleading: He did not get here via extreme virtuosity or outrageousness. No, Joe won the hearts of guitarniks everywhere because, with his second album, Surfing With the Alien, he somehow found a way to make musical the rude, pretentious art of extreme noodling. On The Extremist, Satriani retreats, wisely, from the singing that marred his last album, Flying in a Blue Dream. Satriani’s metal edge is never sharp to the touch, and his creative mettle is modest, but you’ve gotta love his bounding enthusiasm and heartfelt bag of riffs. B

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