I had both
my expectations and my suspicions when I heard that one of the
world's greatest guitarists Steve Lukather would be releasing a new
solo album. I knew that he went though major
changes in his life and has been open about his
life course change. If you expect a typical
Toto-ish album, this is not such a disc.
On this album Steve ventilates out his innermost
thoughts and feelings. You get much musicality in
the top class, but I usually have some difficulty
when it becomes too introverted and there are too many
The opening track 'Judgement Day' is the best song
with smooth and sensitive tempo and a very chunky
guitar sound. Very melodic song and even though
Steve isn't the best singer, this is a very
emotional and warm song with a lot of messages.
'Creep Motel' is also one of the songs I prefer to
play. A quite slow and bluesy track with nice
chorus. The title track 'Transition' is a song
with stunning instrumental performances from Steve
and his friends, who are all guest musicians. 'Do I
Stand Alone' is also a song I have to put in the
save folder. Positive melodies and catchy guitars
leave me smiling when I listen to this track.
This is an album, which took
several spins before I got my favourites. World class
musicians together with Steve's lyrics and
his amazing guitar playing is of course very
tasty, but I prefer the more driven songs
and a heavier rocking sound.
has a flawless
production and a disc I'll keep and get back to
when I need strength
and when my ears need service and a little
fabric softener that dissolves the hardened
Not the coolest or the heaviest rock album I've
heard from this guitar genius, but probably the
most personal disc he has ever released.
If you like his fusion side, this is something you
will find interesting.