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Steve Vai


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4 stars The best works often come out as a flash. This LP has been conceived and recorded in a few weeks between two other recording sessions, and it is in my opinion the best of Vai's efforts.

I've been very surprised when I found out about how Steve Vai made this album, as I thought it was the result of lot more studio work.

The best spot is "Kill the guy with the ball", where it looks like the guitar plays a rhytmic role, and the drums (by an incredible Dean Castronovo) play a melodic role. The song is jumpy, overactive and incredibly catchy, despite of its extreme complexity. This is also a completely progressive song, also being the only one in this record.

Other jewels are "tender surrender", "die to live" and "the boy from Seattle", in which the emotional charge of the soloes is simply astonishing.

There is also place for some divertissements, such as "Ya-Yo Gakk", made basing on Steve's daughter Fire voice samples. It's really a tender song, because it lets you imagine the father which plays the game of music with his child.

I never loose attention on this record, though "Ya-Yo Gakk" can be boring after some replayings.

A final notice about the cover of the LP, which is probably the most fascinating of Vai's, finally not being in a bad Malmsteen's taste fashion!

Don't miss it if you're a Steve Vai fan, but I'm sure it will be of great interest to every complex music lover

Warholizer | 4/5 |


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