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Review of the Album "Inspiration" by Swedish Heavy Metal Guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen

Updated on October 13, 2021
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Why is This Album Called "Inspiration?"

Inspiration is the 1996 studio album released by Swedish heavy metal guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsteen. This album is not a traditional studio album that he released but it is an album of cover songs that he performed and it is a series of musicians that influenced him when he was growing up. These influences for Yngwie include Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Scorpions, and Rush. Singing on this album include all American born singers which are Jeff Scott Soto, Mark Boals, and Joe Lynn Turner. Note: Yngwie J. Malmsteen does the lead vocals on the song "Manic Depression."

Inspiration Front Album Cover


Why is This Album Delightful from a Musical Perspective?

It is different and delightful for Yngwie to explore musically like this because it adds to his volume of work and contributes to his legacy. He shows his mastery, artistry, and guitar skill in this album especially in his cover version of The Sails of Charon. We will get to the awesomeness of that cover song performance shortly.

Inspiration is a Collaborative Effort

By this point in his career, Yngwie had already had five different vocalists that he had used and a few of them collaborated with him on this album. Mark Boals had first sang on the album Trilogy back in 1986. He gets to have his first performance on this album on the song called "In the Dead of Night" which has that symphonic feel to it.

Inspiration the Review from the Songs Carry On Wayward Son Through Mistreated

Jeff Scott Soto starts off this great album with his performance on the Kansas song "Carry On Wayward Son." It is an excellent modern version. You can fly high to achieve your dreams but if you aim too high you may not reach it. That’s the moral or hidden message of this song. Joe Lynn Turner sings the cover of the song "Pictures of Home." This brilliant song is about a person that has become very homesick. He is far away from surrounded by an empty feeling, eagles, snow, and a generally unfriendly environment. Jeff Scott Soto does his version of the Deep Purple song called "Mistreated." The song tells the story of a man that has been mistreated and abused by his former lover. Since she has left him, he has been lonely and he has been losing. What is not a losing quality is this album. This album has plenty of songs to keep the avid music fan entertained for the whole night. If you manage to enjoy this cover album you have won big!!

Why Listening to the Album Inspiration is a Victory for the Avid Music Fan

Listening to and really enjoying this album is the equivalent of a victory for the avid music fan because it is a different album, entertaining, and it will raise your energetic vibration as it has done to me!

Why the Cover of The Sails of Charon is so Awesome

We mentioned earlier of the awesomeness of the cover of "The Sails of Charon" as Mark Boals delivers one of his best vocal performances of the decade! This is in addition to the great lead guitars. In a world of darkness where the power of black magic is dying there is no light. In order for the light to prevail over the darkness, as the song says we must keep searching for the kingdom of light. This song can bring you to tears because of the sheer awesomeness of the vocals!

Final Thoughts About the Cover Album Inspiration

Overall, Inspiration is a delightful cover songs album written by one of the finest guitarists in the world. The best cover performances are several and include Carry On Wayward Son, Pictures of Home, Mistreated, In the Dead of Night and The Sails of Charon.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2018 Ara Vahanian


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