Yngwie Malmsteen - Blue Lightning - Album Review
Yngwie Malmsteen - Blue Lightning - Album Review9
Yngwie Malmsteen - Blue Lightning - Album Review9
Yngwie Malmsteen - Blue Lightning - Album Review9
Yngwie Malmsteen - Blue Lightning - Album Review9
Yngwie Malmsteen - Blue Lightning - Album Review9
9Overall Score
Reader Rating: (43 Votes)

Yngwie Malmsteen playing the Blues, not something you expect to hear everyday. Yet in 2019 the Swedish guitar virtuoso has Blue Lightning earmarked for release this coming Friday March 29th, stick that date in your diary kids.

Malmsteen for many is one of the founding fathers of modern day Metal guitar, a game changer. His Neo-Classical style he brought to the fore in the early 80’s was a shift in the direction and he inspired many of the greats who have since followed in his footsteps. A groundbreaking guitarist who kicked off his career Steeler and then with Graham Bonnet in Alcatrazz, dropping the infamous No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll album which announced Malmsteen’s arrival with more than a bang, followed by his instrumental masterpiece Rising Force, shit kinda got real. A plethora of mind-bending recordings have followed in the years since, yet in 2019 Malmsteen has taken time to record an album which honours his roots, the very music which made him pick up the guitar.

So what does an Yngwie Malmsteen Blues album sound like? well it sounds a lot like Yngwie Malmsteen. Yes he does indeed pay tribute to the Blues, in between the blistering solo work, death-defying arpeggios and signature Malmsteen fretwork. Blue Lightning is exactly what an Yngwie Malmsteen fan would like an YJM Blues album to be, breath taking, awe inspiring, and individual. I may jest a little and the lack of Blues, but there is plenty of Yngwie putting his heart and soul into the playing on this album. Although he does cover artists and songs that inspired, he does so in his one unique way, no compromising here.

Blue Lightning is released Friday 29th March Via Mascot Record Label and is an absolute must for any Malmsteen fan, for everyone else. You may want to take a seat.





1. Blue Lightning
2. Foxy Lady
3. Demon’s Eye
4. 1911 Strut
5. Blue Jeans Blues
6. Purple Haze
7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
8. Sun’s Up Top’s Downs
9. Peace, Please
10. Paint It Black
11. Smoke On The Water
12. Forever Man

Bonus Tracks (Vinyl & Deluxe CD Only)
13. Little Miss Lover
14. Jumping Jack Fish


4 Responses

  1. Gerard

    It’s mostly a cover album… How can it be graded 9 ??? For sure, this album is less embarrassing than his last 10 years productions, but we are very far from his best records. His last good album was released in 1998 ! (Facing the Animal). A far as his wife will manage his carrer, it will be stricken.

    • honkytonk

      “Alchemy” released one year after “Facing the Animal” was a very good album in my opinion, better than “Facing…”.
      Even “War to end all wars” was good (a few interesting new ideas in terms of composition…) Too bad that the overall sound was kind of disastrous…

  2. James Yilmaz

    Somebody has to tell this guy he is just not meant to play purple haze and stuff.. What has these people done to you malm?? Pls go play your monster bach riffs so we have something to listen to.


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