Most of Steve Morse's albums sound dated, as if they were recorded in the height of the eighties' hair-band guitar pyrotechnics extravanganzas, even when they were recorded during the reign of alternative Seattle grunge bands. Granted, Morse does that whole arena guitar power instrumental better than almost anyone, but sometimes it just sounds a little goofy to hear that power metal in the context of music that's moved on with the times. "Major Impacts", however, is Morse's greatest work. Each song is an original piece meant to pay homage to the guitar heroes of the past -- guitar heroes who happen to have remained timeless. Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, and George Harrison are among those honored here. These are guitarists who, despite having made music decades ago, have a style and sound that doesn't strike the listener as dated.
Their impacts have certainly inspired Morse. Half the fun of this album is listening to Morse, one of the greatest rock guitarists ever, play like his heroes. His comprehensions of the various styles of these guitarists is quite adept, and it is fun listening to him quote these guitarists' works throughout the album. But the real fun is in the fact that all of these songs are original, and as much as Morse is playing in the style of these guitarists, it's still Steve Morse. It takes a lot of talent to play in an immediately recognizablt style of one particular guitar god without resorting to mere copying, and Morse pulls it off brilliantly. This album is very rewarding for anyone who is a fan of the eighties instrumental rock, but also to anyone who is a fan of guitars in general. This is perhaps Morse's only timeless album.