Yngwie Malmsteen – Blue Lightning

At first, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to hear this album at all. See, I used to be a massive fan of this guy, defending him for all I was worth. When people suggested that he played without feel only relying on technique, I told them they were probably tone-deaf and that they were completely clueless. Yngwie playing without feel? C’mon already. The guy was faster than fast but he bloody well bled his heart out when he was playing. Some said he could play but couldn’t write a decent song to save his life. Rubbish! From his debut instrumental Rising Force album in 1984 up to Alchemy in 1999, the guy and his “bandmates” did very little wrong and I will forever cherish those records. But since then, a lot of things have changed for Yngwie – some in good ways, like he’s been sober for more than a decade. All good there, Yngwie – proud of you for taking the healthy route.

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By e-tainment news reviews Posted in Hard Rock

2 comments on “Yngwie Malmsteen – Blue Lightning

  1. Sigh. Great review, but…

    I know we disagree on Inspiration and I’ll never buy another covers album by Yngwie.

    I also strongly dislike blues covers albums by rock bands. I won’t buy any more of those either. Aerosmith burned me with Honkin On Bobo.

    I know you’re a fan so this must be depressing.

  2. I agree with you on Honkin’, dude.

    But as I wrote, there really isn’t that much blues on this record,

    I used to be a fan. I’m a fan of his old stuff, but he’s been making underwhelming to actual crap for almost 20 years now.

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