I have all of Joe Satriani's CDs. After Crystal Planet I think the albums seemed to be without direction or purpose. Some decent tracks but mostly guitar ramblings. I had decided that after years of buying Joe's albums I was not going to buy this one because it is going to be the same as SBM and ITLIS. That the era of Joe Satriani might be over. However, with this album it looks like Joe has changed his direction towards making beautiful music. That is not strange. Sometimes less is more. Although Joe talks about so much layering and sound engineer stuff here, overall the songs sound very good, actually beautiful. The only thing that I don't like in Joe's music is the eerie sad melodies, e.g. chords of LIFE, just look up, (don't like some of that east coast sound). Some tracks are really good and Super colossal is definitely worth checking out. Also do check out Joe Satriani's self titled album. That represent a very mature/serious and bluesy aspect of his music, no Joe Satriani collection is complete without it.