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Steve Vai


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3.49 | 52 ratings

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3 stars A wonderful EP from my favorite guitarist.

The songs here are fun, and in the oft-imitated, but rarely ever successful, Vai style(which in itself is a fusion of things). Guitar rock that delves into Zappa touches and multiple direct genres, creating a solid collection of music.

Beginning with the Highlight Bad Horsie, the pure funky wah-wah rock of this is enthralling. His wailing style with his Van Halen rocking makes for a great listen. As always, Vai's playing is well beyond standard. The songs follow a jazzy wailing rock. Juice has such a high power level, feeding off the first song.

The songs are great, but the album feels a bit shallow. Overall, the songs tend to remain within the hard rock vibe, and never venture much further, except for the tasteful and pretty close "Tender Surrender", which is one of Vai's best, and boasts such exceptional blues playing.

The songs lack a real sense of progression, and he does rely a bit too much on standard guitar solos and instrumental rock cliche, but the songs are enjoyable. Not essential, but definitely a fun listen. Three Stars

Alitare | 3/5 |


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