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Steve Vai


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3.59 | 147 ratings

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3 stars Not as easy to get into after all.

Vai deserves his place in this site, at least with this record. It's not the work of Satriani, Johnson or Malmsteen, which means it could repel you at first with it's obscure song pattern and weird esoteric ambience. The song basic melodies are well hidden behind all that noise and super fast shredding, at first I really didn't like it.

But hey, as repeated listenings are the answers, I did kinda learned to appreciate it. Stevie is knee deep in exotic, erotic and esoteric mambo jambo, so many songs are a joyful blend of all three.

The artwork will show you that it's been made in the early 90's, and it shows (plastic keyboards and Poison attitude); it did not aged as well as Eric Johnson or Satch records, but an amateur of challenging metal/ fusion blitzkrieg prog will surely find something to chew.

Maybe this record is suffering now of what made it's success in the late 80's: trying hard to be hip.

Menswear | 3/5 |


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