Andy Timmons may be best-known as the former guitarist for Danger Danger, but don't assume his stint in that '80s hair-metal band is the extent of his musical rÉsumÉ.

Andy Timmons may be best-known as the former guitarist for Danger Danger, but don't assume his stint in that '80s hair-metal band is the extent of his musical résumé. That Was Then, This Is Now (his seventh solo album and first U.S. release) is an impressive addition to credentials that include frequently guesting on Joe Satriani and Steve Vai's G3 tours, which can probably be attributed to his signing with Vai's own Favored Nations label. This set of old (previous album tracks) and new material shows the virtuoso at times reflecting Vai's sass but more often mirroring Satriani's joyful spirit, notably on "Super '70s" and "Turn Away." Cuts like "Cry for You" and "Groove or Die" live up to their names: Timmons' Ibanez wails passionately on the former and sings with a lightening bolt of Yngwie Malmsteen-inspired chops on the latter. "A Night to Remember," a seductive piece that couldn't have been inspired by anything short of an evening of love, lends all the more reason to why this piece of X-tacy needs to be experienced.—CLT