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Steve Vai


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4.17 | 61 ratings

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3 stars "I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees."

Well, Vai may have made a pact with the Devil that in turn gave him exceptional skills on the guitar, but he got seriously shortchanged - as it may happen when you deal with an entity of the kind. He forgot to bargain for skills for composing tunes that would befit his virtuostic abilities on his chosen instrument. I find it somewhat bizarre that he named this album "The Story Of Light".

Now, I have long given up on Vai's solo releases after his first few albums. Some good solos encased in poor and sometimes even immature tracks. There are moment when he gets it right - as if by mistake - only to ruin a potentially great piece half-way through. Yes I am referring to "For The Love Of God" from the album "Passion And Warfare" as an example here.

Reading some encouraging comment on this album, I decided to proceed with another - and perhaps final - try before my remaining Vai albums are permanently retired via EBay. At first listen "The Story Of Light" appears only marginally - if at all - better than earlier works. It's the same old approach to some nice licks on the guitar "supported" by rather ordinary compositions that are closer to average Hard Rock/Metal than thoughtful and well designed tunes.

As usual, there is the odd glimpse towards something that could have been developed into a pleasing number. That however is not sufficient to captivate my attention. Boredom sets in with me early in the piece and honestly, I could hardly wait for the closing note on the album. I very much doubt that it would grow on me in future, so it's another album that won't gather much dust at my place.

BORA | 3/5 |


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