As the world's biggest Satch fan, let me start by saying that I'd actually pay good money to hear him play "Mary Had A Little Lamb". Hard to believe I've been in love with his music for 2 decades now. Almost 20 years after "Surfing...", Super Colossal is Joe's most mature album to date - his guitar arrangements are simply sublime, every song is filled with those trademark "Satch-isms" [you Satch fans know what I mean] and believe it or nor, Joe's solos seem even more melodic and tasty than ever.
No real weak spots on this effort, though I personally feel tracks 4 through 10 are truly exceptional. Standouts for me include "One Robot's Dream" [my favorite, a very cinematic and funky piece with some brilliant solo runs], "The Meaning Of Love" [reminiscent of "Flying In A Blue Dream" with its hypnotic groove and relentless pulse], "A Cool New Way" [an almost *gasp!* Jazz-like swing], and "Redshift Riders" [a straight up-tempo, warp-speed ride].
From the first time I saw him play, I just got the sense that Joe was one of those guys who was born to play his instrument. IMHO, Joe's playing has got the most interesting combination of technical prowess, musicality and emotional investment than any of the other so-called "Guitar Gods". What makes Joe unique is the way he lets his melodies and solos "breathe", stretching things out as if he really isn't in any kind of hurry to get his musical message across.
The CD sounds amazing with some real sonic depth and musical drama. Check it out on some good headphones.