My least favorite original SRV album, "In Step" is still a good, solid blues-rock album...it just doesn't measure up to Stevie Ray's first three magnificent records.
It lacks a little bit of the fire of those earlier albums, and it feels a little more polished, too, but most of what's here is very good, including the blistering, piano-driven rocker "The House Is Rockin'" and the blues-n-boogie of "Let Me Love You Baby".
I'm less fond of slightly formulaic hard rock songs like "Wall Of Denial", "Crossfire" and "Tightrope", however. They are not bad, but they are a little bit generic, in spite of the good lyrics, and instrumentally they are not nearly as impressive or as innovative as Vaughan' best songs.
The cover of Buddy Guy's "Leave My Girl" alone is nice, though, as is the simple, straight-ahead rock n' roll of "Scratch-N-Sniff" and Stevie Ray does a good "Love Me Darlin'", even though he can't hope to match the amazing, gravelly pipes of its author, blues legend Howlin' Wolf.
A very fine, acoustic instrumental ends the original LP track list, but this remastered CD reissue offers an additional five bonus tracks, including fiery live takes of "Let Me Love You Baby" and "The House Is Rockin'", and the 13-minute non-LP tune "Life Without You", a soulful blues ballad.
Not Stevie Ray Vaughan's best record, but certainly not one to shy away from, either.
3 3/4 stars.