Sound — 10
Paul Gilbert is at a great shredding point in his career in this album. "Technical Difficulties" has a sound that's very reminiscent of Racer X's first album, "Street Lethal". From heavy metal anthems (such as "Fire Of Rock" & "Poison Eyes") to instrumental shredding solos ("B.R.O." and the epic-sounding instrumental title track), this album kicks so much ass, you'll be hard pressed to find another album that Paul Gilbert plays on that tops this one. At the time, Gilbert seemed to lose a bit of his edge with his 2nd band, "Mr. Big". With "Technical Difficulties" though, he shows that he's still got it-and then some. Racer X sounds so full & refreshed on this album that new-comers will insatntly be hooked! Guitar players, fasten your seat belts, because "Technical Difficulties" really takes you for a ride that's actually very "Street Lethal"!
Lyrics — 9
Jeff Martin hits some great high notes on this album and doesn't fail to impress. From wailing screams to low-pitched spoken passages, he does it all. The lyrics have a great sound to them too, although they mostly have to do with the disappointments and pains of heartbreak or some weird tale, they prove to be very effective and remind you of a lot of the great sounds in metal singing-especially before death growling came into the picture. The lyrics mostly pass off as meaningful, or as simple anthems that will make you keep a copy in your hot rod.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is a lot like "Street Lethal"-in a good way. And the shredding sounds better than ever, showcasing a lot of Paul Gilbert's signature sounds and licks that will keep guitarists on the edge of their seats-especially during the string-skipping licks in the "Poison Eyes" solo. It even makes a lot of classic & heavy metal bands look like sissies 'cause this album rocks hard! The best tunes are definitely the title track, "B.R.O.", "Snake Bite" and "Poison Eyes". The harmony solo on "Fire Of Rock" is also pretty awesome too. Basically, it's all good! I love pretty much every tune on this album, since the last couple of songs are filler-type stuff. However, every time I listen to this disc, it blows my mind. I can't recommend it enough for guitarists. If it were stolen, I'd kick some major ass to get it back, and then steal the thief's money to buy a backup copy!