Eric Gales' second effort, despite its characteristic "attitude", suffers the same malady afflicting all guitar shredders, from Satriani, Vai and Johnson to Dweezil Zappa and Chris Duarte -- poor songwriting. When your whole act is an excuse for a guitar solo, songwriting and lyrics suffer. Gales' first CD may be his best ever, a shame for a first effort. But he is in good company. (The artist formerly known as) Prince and David Bowie each have had only one great album in their long careers -- Purple Rain and Let's Dance.