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Steve Morse returned to the familiar scenario of leading a power trio.

After the relatively gentle strains of 'High Tension Wires' Steve Morse returned to the familiar scenario of leading a power trio, again teaming up with bass player extraordinaire Dave LaRue and killer drummer Van Romaine, and from the opening notes you knew that Steve was back and rocking.

Opening track 'Cut To The Chase' is classic Morse with it's pacy rock rhythm and arpeggio-filled melody, with Steve's impeccable solos traded with Night Ranger's Jeff Watson in a tasty guitar duel. On the other side of the coin the ringing harmonics and fretless bass of 'Vista Grande' are just gorgeous, whilst 'Battle Lines' is a Dregs-like Southern workout and 'Simple Simon' throws in some odd time signatures.

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There are plenty of great guitar instrumentals here with the many different parts of the dextrous title track all having repeated hooks and the big riffs and fluid solos of 'Arena Rock' bringing a rare whiff of commerciality to the party, as does the funkier 'Sleaze Factor'. The twin acoustic guitar piece 'Point Counterpoint' is another popular choice but really anything from this 1991 album could be held up as an example of Morse's unique talent.

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