Guitars That Rule the World, Vol. 2: Smell the Fuzz is designed with guitar freaks in mind. It's hard to imagine the average listener sitting through these ten guitar showcases without getting antsy, since each piece emphasizes technique and skill, not melody and hooks. However, guitar fanatics should find this quite intriguing, since it offers a number of guitarists (plus bassist Billy Sheehan) on their own original compositions. Some of the cuts fall a little flat, and it may be a little too close to prog-metal for some tastes, but the collection nevertheless offers some fascinating cuts from the Hellecasters, John Christ, Robert Fripp, Kim Thayil & Dark Lord, Alex Lifeson and a solo Billy Corgan, all of whom make the album worth a listen.
I usually don't care for guitar oriented/various artist CD's,but this
one was different.I find myself giving it a spin more often than
usual.The tunes that I liked best were Victor(Alex Lifeson of Rush)'s
"Strip And Go Naked",the smoking Ace Frehley's "Cherokee Boogie",Robert
Fripp's "Sunset Collage" and J.Yuenger(White Zombie)'s "Blues For
2-XL".'Guitars That Rule...' assembles some truly outstanding
tracks,that I'm not even sure if a consumer can find on any other
release.Exclusive music always gives you another reason to get a copy of
a title as such.
This is a fine solo guitar album. Spanning the playfulness of the
Hellecaster's Disintonation, the fuzzy motion sickness inducing Blues
For 2-XL by J. Yuenger, and the overpowering crunch of Ace Frehley on
Cherokee Boogie, Smell the Fuzz should be an exciting listen for any
electric guitar fan. Another highlight is the incredible speed of
three death metal guitarists on Unheard Of's Explosion. Although some
songs left me feeling unsatisfied, this CD spends more time in my
stereo than Guitars that Rule the World, Vol. 1.
I found this at my local dollar store. I will say it was definitely
worth more than the dollar I paid for it. I happen to be a big fan of
instrumental guitar music, so this CD was right up my alley. It's got a
pretty good variety of styles and talents. There's ambient looping,
robotic blues, beefed up boogie, speed metal and stripped down ballads.
Go ahead and try it, it's cheap.
1. Disintonation - Hellecasters
2. Ascendo - Billy Corgan
3. Strip & Go Naked - Victor
4. Blues For 2-XL - J. Yuenger
5. Cherokee Boogie - Ace Frehley
6. Brewicide - Dark Load
7. Explosion - Unheard Of
8. Niacin - Billy Sheehan
9. One Song - John Christ
10. Sunset Collage 1 - Robert Fripp