Andy Timmons – The Best Of X-tacy

Andy Timmons – The Best Of X-tacy

Many will remember Timmons from his taste of fame with the pop-metal band Danger Danger in the early nineties, but those dedicated enough to follow the band through the years are well aware that their talents were much more developed than the MTV showcases would lead you to believe.  Today it is even more apparent how Danger Danger’s members have evolved whether it’s through the overseas releases from the band’s current members or the solo work and collaborations of Timmons.

Timmons released “That Was Then, This is Now” this week on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label, which serves as a greatest hits compilation of sorts, featuring selections from his first two solo efforts (which were released in 1994 and 1997 respectively) along with new material written especially for this release.  Stating that this is a versatile collection is truly an understatement.  Timmons repeatedly proves that his chops are worth of earning a slot on the esteemed guitar label as he offers up classic shreding, Dregs style jazz riffs, and even a surfer tune.

The album opens with four new instrumental tracks:  “Super 70s,” “Pink Champagne Sparkle,” “Falling Down,” and “Beautiful, Strange.” It concludes with a new live track entitled “Donna Lee,” which was recorded during a performance in Dallas, Texas; and Timmons’ vocal debut on the album, “Slips Away,” a beatlesque melody that he dedicates to the late George Harrison.