Finally, I recieved my deluxe edition with CD and DVD. I already had the digital version for three weeks but I wanted to wait with my review until the CD arrives, so that I can read the story in the booklet. I think reading the story while listening to the album makes you realize the music in a different way.
Here is a short song review:
The Story of Light: Epic! Especially the great guitar solo. It´s unique. I´ve never heard a solo like this before. It´s kind of a melody solo you would never expect. Difficult bass work during the solo section. I found the woman´s voice a bit strange...until I read what she is actually saying in the story. Great powerfull worlds about the origin of the whole creation! It absolutely fits in the song now! Can´t wait to get a transcription of the solo part (hopefully for 6-string in standard tuning).
Velorum: The most fantastic parts in the song for me are the calm part with this heartwarming melody (good idea to play the same melody with an acoustic guitar in the background) and the cool chorus sections! The story in the booklets fits good with this song.
John the Revelator: What a voice! My favorite parts are the second verse and the guitar. I don´t think its overproduced or kills the message of the original song like some people are complaining, and I don´t really see it as a cover. It´s totally selfcontained.
Book Of The Seven Seas: Though normally I don´t really like gospel choir music, this one is cool because of Steve´s extraordinary guitar work (especially this fills in the "tell us who´s riding" part.) It is characteristical for his music: give it a few more listens and you will like it, whatever you thought about it at the first time.
Creamsicle Sunset: I really can imagine this feeling Steve got during an amazing Hawaiian sunset. The song name fits perfect. Every note is crystal clear, you can actually taste it
Gravity Storm: I think for many of us this was the first song we´ve heard from the new album. My first reaction, minutes after Steve posted this song on his fb page, was: "Oh no, this sounds terrible, no melody in it. And this horrible solo section". Well, this was my first reaction, and now: It is one of my favorites (read what I wrote above at the book of the seven seals). Steve can not get much cooler than in this song, can he??? (Certainly he can, he is Steve Vai ^^)
Mullach a´tSI: Every note is perfectly played. Sometimes the guitar sounds like a violin and it is a very nice melody. But what I don´t like is that it only consists of two different parts. There´s no theme changing or something. Of course he always plays the parts different...but it is not what I expectet to be a seventh song. However Steve knows what he is doing and it is nice to listen to it anyvai.
The Moon and I: One of the best Vai solos ever in this song. And the lyrics are wonderful. After my first listen to the album this was the first song I played again, only to here Steve singing and the call and response solo.
Weeping China Doll: I want this flowers in my garden too. And I will buy a 5-lined fence... To see what other ABSOLUTELY AMAZING melodies this flowers have to offer. And the solo is so.... Can´t find the right words. It would be great if Steve would post the photography he took to write this song. Can´t wait to get tabs for this one too!
Racing the world: Tabs please!!! But I figured out the riff, the first verse and the chorus myself for now. A straight song, listening to it (and playing it!!!) makes you feel like racing the world
No more amsterdam: I have to admit that I didn´t really understood the lyrics until I recieved the booklet. But now the song got even better, because I know what it is all about! Aime Mann has a beautiful clear voice! Good idea to do this as a duett.
Sunshine electric raindrops: I found tabs for this one already. It isn´t as easy as i thought. This song makes me smile and feel good every time I hear it. It´s simply cool!!! And a big contrast to the first song!
What else can I say? I only took a short look at the DVD, but I will watch it completely this evening.
Remember, there are only five options to rate an album:
Bad - Moderate - Good - Perfect - Vai
By the way, is it normal that the CD looks exactly like the DVD??? Not even the inscription "Bonus DVD" or something?