Music: Yngwie Malmsteen BLUE LIGHTNING / Iron Curtain DESERTION 1982 - 1988
Yngwie Malmsteen BLUE LIGHTNING
This record was a lot more bluesy than anticipated. I mean, it’s clear… *someone* lent Yngwie Stevie Ray Vaughn’s old guitar; the guitar tone is spot on. But let’s not get too excited…. This is an Yngwie record after. So, that means “shredding PURELY for shredding’s sake: Sweep arpeggios and what Frank Zappa used to call, “Bwee-diddley! Bwee-diddley!” The songs on the record… are, for the most part, covers that no one really ever asked for: Purple Haze, Foxy Lady, Smoke on the Water, Paint It Black, While My Guitar Gently Weeps… you get the idea. Everything from stem to stern is here SOLELY to appease Yngwie prodigious ego and his need to include as many notes as humanly possible. And so, in the end, we’re left with what this is: an Yngwie record. If that sounds intriguing, you’re sure to dig it. If not, definitely go elsewhere.
Iron Curtain DESERTION 1982 – 1988
How is it that I’ve never heard of these guys? They’re super catchy, definitely gothy… and sound like someone put The Cure, Joy Division, Depeche Mode, and maybe… The Fixx into a blender. I’m not sure what I was expecting here, but… this ain’t it. I’m pleasantly surprised.