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STEVE VAI - Real Illusions: Reflections (2005) & The Story of Light (2012)
Real Illusions: Reflections is the first studio album since Steve Vai's 1999 studio release The Ultra Zone. The album was released on February 22, 2005. It is the first piece of a three part concept album about a town visited by the godsent Pamposh and his construction of the Church. "Lotus Feet", the seventh song (which is to be the most emotional - see The Seventh Song), was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The song was recorded live in the Netherlands in 2004 during Vai's "The Aching Hunger Tour".
TRACKS: 01. Building The Church 02. Dying For Your Love 03. Glorious 04. K'm-Pee-Du-Wee 05. Firewall 06. Freak Show Excess 07. Lotus Feet 08. Yai Yai 09. Midway Creatures 10. I'm Your Secrets 11. Under It All
Steve Vai continues the convoluted narratives found on 2005’s Real Illusions: Reflection with his new concept album, The Story of Light— the second installment of a trilogy displaying Vai’s interest in New Age spirituality. As expected, this mostly instrumental album is filled with dense production, soaring multi-layered guitar tones, and tight harmonies. It does offer some nice surprises. Vai covers Blind Willie Johnson’s “John the Revelator” with a gospel choir and Beverly McClellan (a finalist on The Voice). He also duets with singer-songwriter Aimee Mann on “No More Amsterdam” to great effect. And Vai gets in his share of familiar arena-rock workouts like “Velorum” and “Gravity Storm,” and mellower compositions such as “Creamsickle Sunset.” It’s a beautifully expansive work that orbits within a galaxy we’ve visited before, and Vai is truly awesome throughout. “John the Revelator” and “Book of the Seven Seals” are interesting because who hasn’t wanted to hear Vai in the context of a gospel choir or black musical theater? Although his spiritual libretto will confuse some, his artistry will leave no nonbelievers. - premierguitar.com
TRACKS: 01. The Story Of Light 02. Velorum 03. John The Revelator 04. Book Of The Seven Seals 05. Creamsicle Sunset 06. Gravity Storm 07. Mullach A'tsi 08. The Moon And I 09. Weeping China Doll 10. Racing The World 11. No More Amsterdam 12. Sunshine Electric Raindrops
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