Solid mature Morse, sublime moments, consistent craftmanship
email@example.com | California USA | 06/13/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Best batch of songs overall
Howard L Lambert | Lemoore, California United States | 04/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've owned several Morse CDs in the past, and, although they're all good, there's usually only a couple of standouts per disk. Southern Steel has the most standouts of the CDs I've listened to."
An Incredible Guitarist Displays His Many Talents
Howard L Lambert | 09/06/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard of Steve Morse when I saw him with Deep Purple live. It was quite a moment.Listening to the first of his solo albums I could find was much the same way. He displays all the facets of his playing in the highly listen-able album. From the shredding solos of "Cut to the Chase" to the almost blues-grunge of "Sleaze Factor" to the quiet strains of the Bach-inspired "Point Counterpoint," the whole album is sonically stunning.It's not just a guitar-orgy though, bassist Dave LaRue adds some incredible beats and soloing. Highly recommended for anyone who likes Satriani-style guitar instrumentals."