Sound — 10
In the short time between releasing his first solo album, "Vertigo", in 2004 and penning his second effort "Songs for Sanity" in 2005, you would be forgiven for thinking you were listening to an entire different artist! Vertigo whilst an outstanding first effort, left a little to be desired. You could tell that there was more to this player than met the ear. Songs for Sanity shows you that MORE. The album highlights everything that John 5 is about. The heavy riffs, out-of-this-world shredding and the sly insertion of country. If I didn't do it, I'd probably go insane, that's why the title is "Songs For Sanity". Upon listening to this album, it's astonishing to think this is John 5 when he's sane
Lyrics — 10
Well it's an instrumental album!
Overall Impression — 10
You can try and liken the idea of instrumental or solo records to Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert and the rest of the shred loony players out there that widdle around the neck of their guitar like a flute. But the truth is that John 5 genuinely brings something new to the table. He mixes it up, keeps it fresh and entertaining all the while keeping the listener on their toes. From the hook-driven opening track Damaged, to the eerie shredding riffs of Gods and Monsters there is metal and shred music aplenty for you to soak up. However the album is rife with tracks to break up this noise such as Death Valley and the incredibly original Behind the Nut Love, which incorporates open-tunings and behind-the-nut bends to make a stellar little performance piece, the album is paced and broke down right when you need it to be. For a fan of instrumental music this is an essential! For anyone that dabbles with the occasional instrumental album/song this is an essential! For the metal heads that like nothing more than to listen to guitar playing as fast as it can possibly be playedthis is an ESSENTIAL!