- Audio CD (Aug. 14 2012)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Sony Music
- ASIN: B008ANFRG6
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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At his best, Vai can't be touched as a guitarist or a musician. The tones on this record are *REALLY* astoundingly beautiful. There are a couple of standout songs that have Vai at his best, but the voice-over on the opening track is infuriatingly distracting, the whole "John the Revelator" business is about 10 minutes too long, and the Creamsicle song draws a bit too heavily from Zappa.
It's a decent album - Vai would have to try pretty hard to COMPLETELY blow it. But it's definitely not his strongest.
Since I bought the deluxe edition, I'll add a few words about the DVD.
The documentary is bizarre and makes me squirm in my seat. The interviews are completely staged. It starts out okay, if a little cheesey, and then suddenly devolves into some SERIOUS over-sharing on Vai's part. I appreciate that he wanted to open up to his fans, but this is not the way to do it. It is totally self-absorbed, feels extremely disingenuous, and as I mentioned, makes the viewer very uncomfortable. I cannot imagine what sort of person would watch it more than once for anything other than anthropological purposes.
Great stuff a few i like more than the others, but it is like a fusion rock with a blend of style and sound that is pleasing and adventurous!!