Alien Love Secrets EP
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"Alien Love Secrets" is Vai's finest moment. Right out of the starting gate, Vai gives us a clue for what we are in for with the opening riff of "Bad Horsie." It is a blazing riff that could be compared to a tornado put to music. With his Ibanez tuned down a whole step (tuned off the 3rd. fret instead of the 5th.), Vai gives us a down and dirty blues assault that rivals all. Equally glorius is "Juice" which closes with what an envious guitarist (such as me) might lament. My favorite is the majestic sounding "Die To Live." This one took me several months to learn. Next, Steve tips his hat to the great Jimi Hendrix with "Boy From Seattle." "Ya Yo-Gak" spotlights Steve's son, Jullian, on digitally edited vocals, followed by what has to be the most difficult song to play - EVER. "Kill The Guy With The Ball" should be re-titiled, "Kill The Guy Trying To Learn This Damn Song." The CD closes with the beautifully emotional song "Tender Surrender," which was nominated for a Grammy, which I believe there should be a congressional investigation into why "Tender Surrender" didn't win for Best Rock Instrumental.
"Alien Love Secrets" is a fine accomplishment and a must for any guitar lover! This is a must. Afterall, look at all the things Steve has done for you!
Vai decided to go back to making solo records and was creating what would became his Sgt. Pepper-esque Fire Garden and realized us fans would be without new material for quite a while. So he decided to create a stripped-down (for him) EP to keep us satisfied in the meantime, and he didn't disappoint.
The EP starts off with "Bad Horsie", an effects-laden mid-tempo song with a great groove and awesome sounds. "Juice" is probably my favorite Vai shred song. His clean-picked triplet run towards the end is phenomenal. "The Boy From Seattle" is Vai's ode to Hendrix and showcases a side of him we hadn't seen to that point. "Kill The Guy With The Ball/The God Eaters" is definitely the progressive centerpiece of the record. I remember a magazine describing the song as a cross of Jazz legend Joe Pass and Slayer. Pretty good assesment.
And, like Passion & Warfare, the album features two stunning ballads, "Tender Surrender" and "Die To Live". Steve's ballads are truly indescribable. He elicits so much emotion, I have yet to tire of them. If I had to pick, I'd say I prefer "Tender Surrender", mainly because of the flurry of notes that end the song that mimic laughter.
The only song I don't care for too much is "Ya-Yo Gakk", which is supposed to be Vai immitating his young child's attempt at speaking.Read more ›
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Is it weird if I am to say that I masturbate to this album? My favorite album of this epic and diabolic guitar master!Published 7 days ago by David Fender
Great Gift for a friend. Love his concerts when in town. A real showman!Published 7 months ago by Robert J. Maller
Where's the rest of the cd booklet pages?
I bought the passion and warfare for the same price thinking that I would get the same Whole booklet but what I got is a... Read more
He (Vai) is a master with the guitar--the first instrumental track on this album is really coolPublished 10 months ago by consolation
Vai has a habit of ruining some otherwise great tracks with ridiculous voice-over silliness. Just play your guitar, Steve, PLEASE!Published 15 months ago by JG