Saturday, December 17, 2011

More Axemas For You!

Merry Axemas Vol 2 More Guitars For Christmas


Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Like its predecessor, Merry Axemas, Vol. 2: More Guitars for Christmas contains an abundence of clever, surprising instrumental interpretations of classic Christmas carols and tunes. Virtuoso guitarist Steve Vai has rounded up an impressive lineup of guitarists -- including Robin Trower, Zakk Wylde, Neal Schon, Al DiMeola, Steve Lukather, Stu Hamm, Steve Stevens and Trevor Rabin -- all of whom contribute distinctive, unpredictable variations of well-known standards. There are some moments that fall flat -- at this stage in the game, Ted Nugent inevitably sounds like a hack -- but overall, Merry Axemas is an enjoyable album that should satisfy most guitar fiends.

1 The Christmas Song Steve Lukather
2 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Neal Schon
3 Do You Hear What I Hear? Steve Stevens
4 Sleigh Ride Stuart Hamm
5 O Come All Ye Faithful Trevor Rabin
6 White Christmas Zakk Wylde
7 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen John Sykes
8 O Little Town of Bethlehem Robin Trower
9 Carol of the Bells De Meola, Al
10 Deck the Halls Ted Nugent