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Steve Vai


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4 stars Steve Vai's career has been one of versatility. From the hard-rocker whitesnake to the late great Frank Zappa, Vai established himself as a bona fide guitarist. On his first solo album, Vai was still heavily under the influence of his former, Frank Zappa. The album is not necessarily representative of his career, but it is definitely one hell of an album. Starting with the crazy Little Green Men, you will hear from the beginning this influence from Zappa. What distinguish Vai from let's say Satriani is his ability as a songwriter, and his always original use of the guitar. The second song is the great rocker Viv Woman with a great riff and extravaganza from Vai. The rythm section is excellent with mister Chris Frazier on drums and the always great Stu Hamm on bass. This is one of the song wich is really original and where he starts to find his sound. The next two songs are heavily Zappa influenced, but Vai still manages to bring his own personal touch. The Boy-Girl Song is still played live today, as it is a song wth great rythm, but prog lovers won't necessarily love it! The next one is the absolutely great Attitude Song, with a real killer riff and a demonstration of Vai's talent as a songwriter and guitarist. Stu Hamm is also great with his slapping! This song alone is worth the price of admission! An asbsolute must-listen. After Call it sleep, wich is good but nothing special, we have the great junkie, with an incredible solo that is not in the shredding style, but that prog lovers will absolutely adore! The last piece of the original version(the one I own) is there's something dead in here, thati personally dinf a bit over the top, but that maybe some of you will like! All in all, a great enjoyable album, and in the top 5 of the virtuosos movement in the 80's. Vai shows what he is capable of, and definitely deserves his status as one of the best guitarist today. 4.5/5
Philrod | 4/5 |


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