Morse is a giant in guitar performance and instrumental composition, and a long-time Gallery of the Greats resident in Guitar Player Magazine's readership rankings. This album is securely in his recent tradition, tending more to the electric side of things with tunes like "Arena Rock", "Weekend Overdrive", "Cut to the Chase", Sleaze Factor" and the title tune, "Southern Steel". "Simple Simon" and "Arena Rock" have deep-diving hooks that settle into memory, and the title tune can still pull a tear out of me. Morse is a master of "leave 'em wanting more", by building a tune with progressive harmonies and counterpoint into a symphonic crescendo and just as it's at the transcendent blend, fading the song out. My test for an album is how many times I can play it in obsessive succession, over and over, before I'm sick of it. I'm still spinning this one.