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Steve Vai


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3.59 | 149 ratings

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Marty McFly
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3 stars What do we got here ? Answer is simple, most people will buy (and appreciate) this album for Steve's guitar virtuosity. At least I suppose, I can be wrong, but I feel that this is his main "export". I must agree that if I would be here to judge his guitar playing skill, he would get 5/5 instantly. I mean look at him, look at this album at all, it's instrumental, drums play their role - they're here just to make atmosphere, voice is almost not used.

But guitar is part for itself. And no, I will not tell more to guitar topic, it should be clear now, or it will be not. I mean, after listening of course. He plays with it, or when on stage does strange, but interesting looking things, he enjoys this fame and music business at all. He seems maybe little bit "cocky" or tiny little bit "arrogant" to me, but it's his choice. He has skills to behave like that, he has fans, so it doesn't matter.

Oh yeah, the music. It's not bad, from rock point of view. It's well composed album, it has many twists in guitar style (because he can handle them), but there's something which is concerning me. Prog point of view. There is situation worse. 3-4 stars. It's good, it's undoubtable, but how is it progressive ? In fact quite a lot, every guitar virtuos pushes limits little bit further, because of mere playing style. It's something new, what not so many people can do, so it's progressive just from definiton. And I have a good feeling about this album, so I'm gonna give it four. Not five, that would be bad.

Marty McFly | 3/5 |


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