- Whether he was having his way with songs by Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, and Jimi Hendrix, or creating his own classics with " Pride and Joy " and " Riviera Paradise,"
- "Tightrope " and " Wall of Denial " are plainly about so much more than just playing guitar, while the album-closing " Riviera Paradise " instrumental showed just how much he had grown as guitarist as well.
- In July 1989, Neil Perry, a writer for " Sounds " magazine, " The album closes with the brow-soothing swoon of'Riviera Paradise,'a slow, lengthy guitar and piano workout that proves just why Vaughan is to the guitar what Nureyev is to ballet . " According to music journalist Robert Christgau, Vaughan was " writing blues for AA . . . he escapes the blues undamaged for the first time in his career . " In October 1989, the " Boca Raton News " described Vaughan's guitar solos as " determined, clear-headed and downright stinging " and his lyrics as " tension-filled allegories ".