Power of Metal.dk Review

Steve Lukather
Style: Rock / Shredder
Release date: 21 January, 2013
Playing time: 46:06

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 jazz/fusion influences.

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.

'Transition' 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 eardrums.

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.

01. Judgement Day
Creep Motel
Once Again
Right the Wrong
Last Man Standing
Do I Stand Alone
Rest of the World
Label: Mascot Music Label
Distribution: Warner Music (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 70/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 19 January, 2013
Website: www.stevelukather.net