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4 stars Passion And Warfare

For me, Passion And Warfare is Steve Vai's best album so far. Well, sometimes I like and dislike the way he plays at the same time. I mean, his technique and skills also the ability to make a great sound is amazing, also, don't forget bout his stage performance, truly amazing. How come he can play that guitar skillfully with many body movements? : ) . At the same time, I hate his note selections because sometimes he just play and give priority to the technique and sound effects, not the feeling of the song, well, sometimes.

In this album, I take all of my words I've said above, because just like I said before, this album is his best in terms of musical composition and technique of playing his guitar. My favorite song is Liberty and For The Love Of God. Oh yeah, I saw on many websites that this album is probably the most controversial album, because it contains religious and human race's matters.

Liberty is a very short song, straightforward and contains great technique as well as deep feeling, "we may be human, but we still animal", really opens my mind. The next song is Erotic Nightmare, which starts with a rhythm which is really Vai's typical. The song is really heavy with sick guitar skills, followed by The Animal. On the cover, there is a sentence in other language just above The Animal. The next song is Answers, which starts with cool guitar intro, clean and nice. The notes selection are also great, have some feeling in it. After that, The Riddle, which brings up a theme about the United States of America, "I pled allegiances to the flag, of the United States of America, And to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God." In the song, there are some parts where the guitar sound really like human's sound, which very Steve Vai. After the next song, Ballerina 12/24, is For The Love Of God, my favorite song from Steve Vai. A real ballad song with great guitar skills and feeling, a video clip was made for this song, where Vai played his guitar on top of a mountain. Now the next song is so cool!! The intro is a real cool guitar effects, which is very similar to human's sound!!! This song was played at the G3 concert. After that, I Would Love To, the guitar sound is very old school, I mean, its nice, but the keyboard sound is very old stuff. When I hear the chorus, the notes are like saying, I Would Love To,, hehehe. but its true!! A video clip was also made for this song, which is very funny to watch. The next song is very beautiful and meaningful, "This is a ballad dat I wrote. It's about all good peace and love and good happiness stuff". Now the next song is what I mean above, lack of meaning, just focused on guitar technique, Greasy Kid's Stuff, its not my favourite. The next song is also cool, where Vai created cool guitar effects, represents alien things, called Alien Water Kiss. Sisters is probably the best song after Liberty and For The Love Of God, just an acoustic guitar song with blues-jazzy sound, real beautiful. I really love this side of Steve Vai. The las song is Love Secret, not my favorite, lacks of meaning and focused on guitar technique.

I give 4 stars to this album, for its greatness of technique and some songs have a very beautiful tone. Also, Im not rate this based on progressive terminology, just based on my opinion about the album itself.

Timur Imam Nugroho - Indonesia

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