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'The Story of Light', a new solo album of original material by virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai. The title comes out on Favored Nations Entertainment, the label Vai founded in 1999. Its sprawling and expressive 12-song set continues a conceptual and cosmic narrative arc begun on the artist's acclaimed 2005 album 'Real Illusions: Reflections'.

Throughout, three-time Grammy winner Vai's lead guitar is as lyrically resonant as it is technically masterful, his licks and solos bending sounds and in listeners' minds in equal measure. 'The Story of Light' follows the journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption.

'I'm always pursuing knowledge. I'm a seeker of spiritual equilibrium and music is a big part of that,' says Vai. 'I've been obsessed with these kinds of ideas for years.'

1. The Story Of Light
2. Velorum
3. John The Revelator
4. Book of the Seven Seals
5. Creamsicle Sunset
6. Gravity Storm
7. Mullach a'tSi
8. The Moon and I
9. Weeping China Doll
10. Racing the World
11. No More Amsterdam
12. Sunshine Electric Raindrops

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 14, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Favored Nations
  • ASIN: B008ANFRG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Owen Leahy on August 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
As usual, Steve covers a lot of ground here....everything from big gospel-choir Blues, Broadway showtunes, Irish traditional music as well as a huge dose of his own incomparable style.

I get the same 'return to form' feeling as I did with Satriani's 'Black Holes and Wormhole Wizards'. I hadn't been really wowed by Joe's previous few releases until Wizards took up all my listening time for a month or two. Similarly, I didn't find a great deal on Real Illusions that I kept returning to, but 'Story of Light' is fantastic.
I've listened to it about a half dozen times all the way through so far, so I'll add my early impressions. I'm giving this 5 stars no problem for the overall consistency and the many WOW moments. Overall, very melodic and creative but it'll take many more listens to hear all the rest of the stuff Steve has crammed into each track.

The Story of Light: Opens up big and euphoric, has a great melody and solo.

Velorum: Massive opening riff, but settles into a gorgeous melody. Lots of light and dark passages. Steve's blazing on this.

John the Revelator: First surprise of the disc, starts off with scratchy old vinyl blues track, enter huge riff...then Beverly McClennan (??) just kills on the vocal, awesome. Reminds me of the choir before the Cutting Heads duel from 'Crossroads'.

Book of the Seven Seals: I've read many interviews where Steve is raving about West Side Story and Leonard Bernstein, so I guess this is what comes out when he writes a Broadway tune. Perfectly sequenced after Revelator, and I'm surprised how much I like it, not being a fan of showtunes.

Creamsicle Sunset: Little bit of 'Call It Sleep' and a little bit of 'Tender Surrender', beautiful melody.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael on August 14, 2012
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Steve Vai is one of the most amazing guitar players and composers of all time and The Story Of Light is his new album that unleashes his intense skills for our musical enjoyment. Like most albums from Steve Vai, The Story Of Light is an artwork from a musician aiming to achieve the best he is capable of both in creativity and performance. Steve Vai surrounds himself with awesome musicians that bring life to his musical creations rather than trying to take the glory all himself. On this album he has got amazing drumming from Jeremy Colson who also nailed the previous Steve Vai album, groove master and technician Philip Bynoe on bass, and long time collaborator Dave Weiner also helping on guitar. The performances are stunning, the sound and production is huge, but most importantly the music is unique and although it hits you immediately there are lots of layers to discover with repeat listening. Picking highlights is pointless in an album of this quality so all I can say is listen to this album if you are a fan of guitar virtuosity that focuses on creating memorable music. Steve Vai you are going to be remembered for what you have achieved in this life...
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Hayden on August 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm writing this on the North American release day. I bought it at my local record shop and I've listened to it twice already. This album immediately made me think "Passion and Warfare", only more matured and more Vai-ish. I was particularly surprised by John the Revelator/ The Book of Seven Seals. Check it out!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Puentes on January 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Vai is one of the most innovative and original guitarists of the past 20 years, no doubt, but with this release he sounds like he quietly slipping away into his retirement years. It is an aged & mature Vai that is presented here. He is no longer interested in impressing the masses as much as he is playing what sounds soothing to his aged ears. We should not expect to hear Vai to ever duplicate Passion or Alien Love Secrets or Fire Garden ever again; to do so would be unrealistic and foolish.

Some of the best tracks are "John the Revalator" (which is the best cover I have heard of the song), "Gravity Storm", "The Moon and I" and "Weeping China Doll" everything else sounds like filler material that could've been better placed on a b-side album. Instead of finding hot envelope pushing & innovative guitar playing, you will find serene sound-scapes with matured cerebral songwriting. Vai has his moments, of course, but his best days are behind him. If you are looking for modern envelope pushers check out Animals as Leaders, Behold....The Arctopus, Ron Jarzombek & Guthrie Govan. I would recommend this for die-hard Vai fans only. I am glad I didn't purchase it.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Woolybugger on August 20, 2012
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I have played this album several times, and it still does nothing for me other than make we want to change the disc. I have been listening to Steve Vai his entire career and completely understand that to really appreciate his music you need to think outside the box, but "The Story Of Light" is way out there. I have the deluxe CD version (expanded booklet & dvd) which appears that Steve spent more time changing his outfits for the booklet than on the music itself.

The title track has great opening guitar work which is then interrupted by some German banter. Lame

"Velorum" has some nice guitar also, but sounds like a song from a childrens album. The synthesizer on this track and pretty much the entire disc is way too overpowering and belongs in 1983.

Next we have the WORST "John The Revelator" ever! Unlistenable

As is the last track was SOOOOOOO good, "Book Of The Seven Seals" is basically a continuation of the last song. Skip

Skip to "Gravity Storm". This is 1 of 2 tracks that I really like on this album....Has an "Live in The Ultra World" vibe to it.

Skip the next two songs to play "Weeping China Doll", my other favorite on this disc. Very nice guitar work here.

I struggle through the last three tracks and pop out the cd.

Others appear to really enjoy this CD, while I can't. In the end you will have to listen for yourself. I will always have great respect for every album that Steve Vai releases knowing that his music is conceptual and not mainstream. Any band can release the same album 18 times like AC/DC (not taking anything away from AC/DC...I love them also)and sell records. I thank Steve Vai for being innovative and trying new things, but "The Story Of Light" just doesn't do it for me.
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