Sound — 10
In the past 35 years Peter Frampton has become one of the most sought after sounds in guitar in the history of rock music. His first successes with late 60's rock band Humblie Pie extending to his 1976 breakthrough "Frampton Comes Alive" are important pieces to his career and the music industry. Now the man is back and like the title, he puts his "fingerprints" on many different styles of music for this instrumental album. He teams up with the likes of Mike McCready and Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones and Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band and formerly of Gov't Mule. It's interesting to hear a blues influenced guitar player dabble in latino and soul sounds. The album has a clear production and is up to par with any disc that has been released as of recent.
Lyrics — 9
Being that vocals are absent from the album this section will be used to judge the playing of Mr.Frampton. As I said earlier, Frampton touches base on a few different musical styles and he manages to make a convincing case of emulating the soul and sound of the styles he has chosen. The songs he has arranged are all well versed. The way he presents pieces like "Ida y Vuelta (Out and Back" is so intimate that it's almost disconcerting. His version of Soundgarden's monumental hit "Black Hole Sun" is worth the price alone to buy this album. The boys from Pearl Jam help him out and give this song the grunge kick in the ass to get it off the ground. Frampton takes it in a new direction and the fact he uses his famous Talkbox to recite the chorus "Black hole sun, won't you come..." makes it even cooler.
Overall Impression — 10
There a handful of styles Frampton incorporates into this album, those being: American soul, Latino, American blues, Grunge/Alternative and a touch of Nashville lap-guitar. Most serious guitar players have accepted Peter Frampton because of his ability to charm the listener with his raw skill that is unmatched. Many would even say he's one of the most underrated guitarists of the past 30 years. After listening to this album, Frampton now being at his age of 56, it's hard to argue against that and it's apparent he still has the chops. If you liked his famous "Frampton Comes Alive" or instrumental albums such as Jeff Beck's "Blow By Blow" then you'll like this album, possibly even more.