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The Story Of Light (Dlx Ed)
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Limited CD/DVD edition includes bonus DVD. 2012 solo album of original material by virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai. The title comes out on Favored Nations Entertainment, the label Vai founded in 1999. Its sprawling and expressive 12-song set continues a conceptual and cosmic narrative arc begun on the artist's acclaimed 2005 album Real Illusions: Reflections. Throughout, three-time Grammy winner Vai's lead guitar is as lyrically resonant as it is technically masterful, his licks and solos bending sounds and in listeners' minds in equal measure. The Story of Light follows the journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption.
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Eargasm material, Vai delivers again, even stronger. Each song s jewel, the theme a jem. From the depths of a refresh of a revival tune (with two takes on approach) to the awesome raw power of Gravity Storm, to the sweet Weeping China Doll. If you listen to this in one sitting, you will be drained but happy.
Don't try to listen to this where/when you need to concentrate on other things, do not listen while driving, this will take you places. Give it the attention it deserves. Cut yourself free from the world and ride the Vai train, you won't refret it.
Kudos Mr Vai, again you challenge my ear, my playing ability and my mind to expand. Thank you!
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I get the same 'return to form' feeling as I did with Satriani's 'Black Holes and Wormhole Wizards'. I hadn't been really wowed by Joe's previous few releases until Wizards took up all my listening time for a month or two. Similarly, I didn't find a great deal on Real Illusions that I kept returning to, but 'Story of Light' is fantastic.
I've listened to it about a half dozen times all the way through so far, so I'll add my early impressions. I'm giving this 5 stars no problem for the overall consistency and the many WOW moments. Overall, very melodic and creative but it'll take many more listens to hear all the rest of the stuff Steve has crammed into each track.
The Story of Light: Opens up big and euphoric, has a great melody and solo.
Velorum: Massive opening riff, but settles into a gorgeous melody. Lots of light and dark passages. Steve's blazing on this.
John the Revelator: First surprise of the disc, starts off with scratchy old vinyl blues track, enter huge riff...then Beverly McClennan (??) just kills on the vocal, awesome. Reminds me of the choir before the Cutting Heads duel from 'Crossroads'.
Book of the Seven Seals: I've read many interviews where Steve is raving about West Side Story and Leonard Bernstein, so I guess this is what comes out when he writes a Broadway tune. Perfectly sequenced after Revelator, and I'm surprised how much I like it, not being a fan of showtunes.
Creamsicle Sunset: Little bit of 'Call It Sleep' and a little bit of 'Tender Surrender', beautiful melody.
Gravity Storm: Huge and sludgey, does feel like gravity is out of control and pulling heavier than normal.
Mullach a' tSi: Traditional Irish tune, given the Seventh Song treatment. Similar to 'Whspering a Prayer', which is probably no coincidence. The Seventh Songs never disappoint, nobody does the ballad better.
The Moon and I: First heard this on Vai Tunes, and thought it was great then. Nice moody melody and Steve's soloing is extraordinary on this one.
Weeping China Doll: Another huge opening riff, some soaring melodies and great leads.
Racing the World: My favorite track, total knockout. Races along, brilliant melody and Steve is just out of this world here. I'll have this on infinite repeat.
No More Amsterdam: Duet with Aimee Man, great song.
Sunshine Electric Raindrops. Bright, sunny closing track...perfect end to a great album.
This is a more focused effort than some of his recent work. It's similar to 'Alien Love Secrets' in that there's a lot of relatively straightforward songs, over which he plays some absolutely stunning guitar. His playing is top class all the way through, exhilarating stuff.
Some of the best tracks are "John the Revalator" (which is the best cover I have heard of the song), "Gravity Storm", "The Moon and I" and "Weeping China Doll" everything else sounds like filler material that could've been better placed on a b-side album. Instead of finding hot envelope pushing & innovative guitar playing, you will find serene sound-scapes with matured cerebral songwriting. Vai has his moments, of course, but his best days are behind him. If you are looking for modern envelope pushers check out Animals as Leaders, Behold....The Arctopus, Ron Jarzombek & Guthrie Govan. I would recommend this for die-hard Vai fans only. I am glad I didn't purchase it.
The title track has great opening guitar work which is then interrupted by some German banter. Lame
"Velorum" has some nice guitar also, but sounds like a song from a childrens album. The synthesizer on this track and pretty much the entire disc is way too overpowering and belongs in 1983.
Next we have the WORST "John The Revelator" ever! Unlistenable
As is the last track was SOOOOOOO good, "Book Of The Seven Seals" is basically a continuation of the last song. Skip
Skip to "Gravity Storm". This is 1 of 2 tracks that I really like on this album....Has an "Live in The Ultra World" vibe to it.
Skip the next two songs to play "Weeping China Doll", my other favorite on this disc. Very nice guitar work here.
I struggle through the last three tracks and pop out the cd.
Others appear to really enjoy this CD, while I can't. In the end you will have to listen for yourself. I will always have great respect for every album that Steve Vai releases knowing that his music is conceptual and not mainstream. Any band can release the same album 18 times like AC/DC (not taking anything away from AC/DC...I love them also)and sell records. I thank Steve Vai for being innovative and trying new things, but "The Story Of Light" just doesn't do it for me.