CD Reviews: Steve Lukather & Friends, Santa Mental
First impressions of Santa Mental will lead you astray from the album’s
true identity. First off the album title suggests a Quiet Riot/Megadeth
tone. Then take the album cover, which features a deranged-looking
Lukather in a straightjacket, entangled in Christmas lights (aren’t we
all victims of those lights each year?).
this album is more than metal.
While the opening track, “Joy to the World,” is indeed a metal version
of the classic, songs like “Greensleeves” better represent the album’s
tone. This instrumental version does feature Lukather’s metal-driven
electric guitar. However, that heavier sound is complemented by jazz
piano and saxophone riffs.
That same jazz feel can be heard in “Jingle Bells,” which features a
sampling of Sammy Davis Jr. singing.
you’re looking for a heavy Christmas album, don’t look here. But, if
you’re looking for impressively arranged songs, which blends modern-day
music with sounds from Sinatra’s day, Santa Mental is worth a listen.