I've listened to each song on the album. So from my first impressions the song that I can say I like the most and has the most character, for me personally, is "John the Revelator". After listening to the entire album, thats the song I remember most. Although, I did hear it through RollingStone.com prior to the album being released but I don't think that changes what it is.
The rest of the album I just don't quite get yet. It's like, me and a friend going to an amusement park and when we get there, my friend starts riding all the rides, and I am just standing in the middle of the amusement park, looking for my friend, trying to figure out where he is at, and what ride he is on. But I can't yet. Maybe, if I keep looking I'll find him.
Maybe, it takes hearing each song a few times to finally get them.
Thumbs up for "John the Revelator". Crossing my fingers on all the rest.
P.S. I am blown away by how much a lot of other posters here seem to love this album, almost each and every song, right off the bat. Maybe I am looking for too much of Vai's past work.
P.S. Trying to be positive about this album but I don't think I am gonna like "Book of the Seven Seals" no matter how many times I hear it. Too weird for a VAI album. Wait, that doesn't make sense does it?
Let's just say I don't see myself liking it. The rest all still have a chance though.
P.S.S. One last comment. I don't remember the song title but it's the one where the 'Russian' is talking through the whole song? Not feeling that one either. Too much talk and not enough walk. The singing and talking in 'The Blood and Tears' on Ultra Zone was beautiful. Maybe the beauty of the voice made the talking more acceptable and enjoyable. I think it just didn't work on the new album. But what the hell, they can't all be hits, right?