Joined: Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:19 pm
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|I think the album is perfect. I wouldnt change a thing and i couldnt ask for more. of course, i was only seven when his last album came out, and i havent been waiting 7 years, ive only waited two. so my opinion is based off of someone who has never been dissapointed in steve and hasnt had almost impossible expectations for my waited time.
Every track on this new album sends my synnesthesia in a billion directions. Its full of depth and layers, and every song has its own memory connnected to it. So its perfect, and every deep emotion that can be is derived from the album is. For me, there isnt another song that any other artist could ever make that could compare to something as deep as Velorum, or Weeping China Doll. Every melody has a meaning and feeling. So it may just be me (as everything has a deep meaning, and i find one even if it wasnt created with one in mind) and my devotion to the artist that supplies such joys, i think this is the second best album of steve released so far (second to Fire Garden).
Normally, i dont like when steve sings. it always feels akward (like when When I Was a Little Boy goes off as an alarm in the morning, you know, like the random song by artist feature), some of his lyrics, though the songs are beautiful. usually, a searing guitar and intricate melody are present, just not in a way i enjoy. but his singing on this record is like no other. Without his singing tracks, the album would not be complete, and then it would leave something to be desired.
So im going to review each song and what it means to me: so brace yourself~
The Story of Light - the beginning swoosh reminds me so much of Satrianis first track off Surfing with The Alien, which is Surfing with the alien lol. then it turns into the same kind of chords and exchange you hear in the Moon and I, which is a great little prelude. then it turns into one of those songs that can be added to bring on a torrent of emotions, so for instance it can turn 'happy' and then 'sad' side by side beautifully. steve does this with so many tracks. like, just when you think the song is going to sound like that beautiful dark sad song, it jumps into a happy revitalizing series of notes that brightens the song and adds texture and feel.
Velorum- Again, that series of dark and light, with an absolutley beautiful melody. this one though, so much more. it has such a different feel from The Story of Light. his usage of the different ways you can touch the instrument is so masterful nothing could possibly have been done by chance. His riff with that sitar or whatever hew used at 4:31 gave me chills, just like the solo from lotus feet did, but this is a totally different feel.
John the Revelator- A blusey, tuned down masterpiece. steves ability to change a song and add his own twist is truly breathtaking. this song is the epidemy of his diverse ability to still be able to keep the blusey vibe of the old original song (which i heard), and also make it "totally Vai". The song is so rich and full, and he takes a bit of the amazing enriching tuned down bends he got from gravity storm, another great prelude. Beverly Mclellan (sorry, i know i didnt spell it right) is the perfect choice. some of the blusey vibe is in her voice as it has that kind of black 30s growl behind it and vibrato. Originally, i thought it was "whos that riding", not writing. though it makes no sense to have it riding, i think it sounds better. the first impression is the oner that stuck in this case.
Book of Seven Seals keeps the same vibe carried on from JTR, but with a fantastic choir/ chorus sound and punching guitar solo. The choice to separate the two songs was the right thing to do, because the sound pretense is different as the song is more rock and heavier.
Creamsicle Sunset The perfect "iim sitting on a place like a cool breezed texas desert with a beautiful ocean slowly crashing, with dark pink sunset, without a single worry in the world" song. Oh my, you could have a fantasy with this song it retains a sound from tender surrender (like the slower parts after the main riff, and the ways he uses the tremolo are similar) but with a very tiki, wild west, very very very very slightly american indian feeling. the perfect sond to lull you to sleep, as it does to me (i usually end up with dreams as steve vai as a cowboy, riding evo, in a wild west paradise town... oops )
Gravity Storm- beautifully heavy rock, well worked drums and FX that sound like a a storm of gravity crushing a house. his main melody riff whatchamacallit bending technique is so fresh and amazing, just when i thought steve could run out of ideas a few months ago after i actually made a mental count of all the unique techniques for songs i had heard before, this track came out on youtube and geve me unbelieveable hope for this album. its crunchy lead rythm feel is addictive.
Mullach a' tS'i steves famous seventh song. the first time i heard it, i thought, hell, this is a rip off. this isnt the ten minute long heavily distorted seventh song we are used to. but then i listened to it while going to sleep, and its true artistic and lushious melody became clear. his use of the sustainer on the harmonic mix mode so subtly added texture to a song that without it would be dull. the harp (from genious harpist Deborah Henson- Conant, whom i stalk on facebook ) is so beautifully clear and mixed effortlessly into the guitar parts. I now think the seventh song needed to be this song for the albums sake. if you take every seventh song steve aver recorded on his albums and listened to it carfully, you will see ( or rather, hear) that it is like a snapshot of what each record they belonged to was like. So for instance, for the love of god shows the ninteys type guitar tone, with an image of young steve vai unveiling his true ability and deep spiritual beliefs. So you know thats what the entire record of passion and warfare will be like. of course, you could get all that from the name, but the name represents the song, and the song certainly sounds like it. now, i dont know what Mullach a' tS'i translates to, but it probably means something like " puffy cloud, deep sleep pillow song" but really, from this song, you can derive that the story of light will be emotional, very creative, but modern, and will showcase steve like a fine wine ( though i have no personal experience with wine at my young age of 14 )... his music getting better with age (better as in spiritually, mentally, etc). the song is perfect as the seventh song, and though i thought weeping china doll would be better suited as the seventh song like many of you do, i hope you get my metaphoric link.
The Moon and I- ok. this song holds something special for me ( as if all the others didnt ) when i was really young, i had a dream that i was in my own ship travelling through space. for whatever reason, i was somewhere in a different dimension. i was landing on planets that were so beautiful i cant describe it. it was so pure and beautiful, it made me question why life has to be full of such tragedy and burdent. i was like 8, and i was a very deep thinker. the dream was so deep and dark, yet light it is impossible to describe. it might sound really stupid, like a kid daydreaming about star wars. but this was serious, the most serious dream i have ever had. i was away from earth, and so far away in this different dimention it i knew i should be depressed and lonley but it was so amazing. i was travelling at millions of miles per hour and going to different planets and landing there. the planets were so beautiful, i cant even put it into words. and every planed was perfect, not a single flaw. in this dream, there was only one feeling. the planets,ithey were so detailed, and the feeling was so real when i woke up, i was crying because i could never go back. take the beginning minute thirty of the moon and i and try to imagine the experience.the dream changed my forever. music is the only way these feelings could ever come out. I swear the song here is the music i heard then in that dream. ao the song is very special to me.
BACK TO REALITY- the song is very beautiful. originally, i didnt like the song by itself as a vaitune. it didnt make any sense to me, there was no story or rhyme or reason to why steve would be fetishing the moon in such an intimate way. but in the context of the whole album, the album wouldnt be complete without. it is very cosmic sounding, and if you just daydream along with the soing, you will get some very deep thoughts and images.
Weeping China Doll- the most amazing and perfect seven string song in history. the fat, punchy chords ring amazing. its like the juicy part of steak that makes your mouth water so intensley you need to eat it or die. it is yet again the most unique song of its kind. steves ability to go happy and sad/epic is something nobody else has ever accomplished in my book. and that is exactly the word to describe it... epic. its so beautifully dark. its not terribly complex, ive tabbed ubout two and a half minutes of it. but the melody seems like something that is so perfect no human could have made it. the parts where he is using the whah pedal and digitech whammy are the most magical. but how is he going to do that live? have dave push him uip like on Astoria. who knows.
Racing the World- something steve dosent think is very clever or musical, but hes just being humble. this song is so complex in stature. but it is very simple in theory. think i would love to.
No More Amsterdam - i dont like it. i keep thinking anne frank- amsterdam, read the book and it was just horrible (the holocaust) unfortunatley it ruined the song for me. its ok though, the rest i love.
Sunshine Electric Raindropsjust mezmerising. very chordally rich. nothing spectacular, but satisfying. its one of those wrap up songs, that kind of end the album. its the perfect song to do it.
so thats it for the story of light. i love it so much. a suggestion- stay up all night, and when you go to sleep, turn this on. youl have such an experience.