Sound — 9
As well all know, new Hendrix material is always a treat. This is no exception. Valleys of Neptune is a compilation, if you will, of unreleased Hendrix recordings, some live, some studio. The thing that sets this album apart from his other work is that it is quite different. It still has Hendrix written all over it but theres a different approach to the music. The production was excellent and the songs were nothing short of amazing. The only beef i have, and its not a big deal, but the live versions they picked for Stone Free and Red House weren't the best. But that's just my opinion.
Lyrics — 10
Hendrix's lyrics have always been somewhat mysterious. He always seems to have the smarts to make some of the weirdest and most off the wall lyrics amazing and inspirational. His music always flows. In Valleys of Neptune, its no different. There is a nice groove that he puts in his songs that make it hard to stop listening to. Overall the lyrics just sound like Hendrix wrote them. But that's typical Hendrix.
Overall Impression — 10
I am very pleased with this album. The production is crisp and it sounds great. A few of my personal favorite songs on the album are Valleys of Neptune, Sunshine of Your Love, Fire, and Bleeding Heart. One thing I really dig about the album is that all the songs have a really cool groove. The bass and drums really flow nicely and Hendrix's rippin' leads make this a great listen. One thing I don't really care for too much is the live versions of the songs that were picked. They are awesome don't get me wrong but they don't stand up to the performance at Woodstock (which to be honest would be hard to do). All in all go pick up this album. I bought it for about $11-$12 I think. Its a great listen from Stone Free to Crying Blue Rain. It's Definitely worth the money.