Back to the Garden (Explicit)
Released: Jan 2013
Best known for her guitar prowess in mid-'80s Detroit hair-metal laugh riots Madam X (seriously, look up their LP cover), Petrucci is on her third solo album: coffee-shop hippie poetry about daffodils, Vietnam, "psychedelic dream attacks" and "life just isn't fair, that's why we're on drugs" atop shredding-bumblebee metal that often feels almost harmolodic. She pays homage to Hendrix in the incidentally funky title track and The Who in the rock 'n' rolling "Ginger Man," and blows Ian Anderson-style flute in the naively prog "Wicked." Though her songs aren't great, her chops serve them well.