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Story of Light

Steve VaiAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 14, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Favored Nations
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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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

Editorial Reviews

'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.'

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Accessible Vai in Years 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Virtuosity! August 14, 2012
By Michael
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid! August 14, 2012
By Hayden
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK... 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I am not one to go into a song by song review of an album because different songs and audio aesthetics mean different things to different people. One thing is for certain with this album that Steve Vai is definitely seeming more in touch with his true inner self than has been the case in some of his previous releases. Honestly for me personally I was beginning to lose hope by the time True Reflections was released. It had started to seem that the quintessential VAI era was getting lost in time after Fire Garden...well OK maybe after Ultra Zone... Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that this album feels a lot like a true reflection (no pun intended) of his musical personality. There are elements in the album that remind me of good ol' Flexable...but remove the rawness of that early effort and add the slickness of Passion and Warfare coupled with the dramatic song-writing structures of Fire Garden and the outcome is Story of Light.

After a few listens it is clear that the sonic fabric of the songs overall has a more atmospheric and surrounding feel to them. Talk about Weeping China Doll or Racing the World--> lots of delay on the lead guitar along with semi-80s poly synths make for a very "open" sound. The beautiful thing here is though that Vai is leaving no stone unturned in showing off his chops. Which is always a guitarists wet dream come true to hear new phrases and licks from this man that totally blow your mind. He does things unlike any other guitar player on this planet (sorry Petrucci, Greg Howe, Mr. Morse, Mr. Henderson you all are great too). I am not drawing a comparison but simply stating that there is only one Mr. Vai. And his playing all throughout this album beautifully shines through.

One of my personal favorites on this album is Mullach A'tsi...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, why does he insist on singing?
WHY? Why does he insist on singing?

I have no idea what kind of music Vai listens to that sounds anything remotely like the stuff he tends to sing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very pleased
Published 2 months ago by Lloyd Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
not his best
Published 2 months ago by Kurt K.
5.0 out of 5 stars So Vai!
Published 3 months ago by EMSCookie
3.0 out of 5 stars Times have changed...
And so has Steve. And so have I.

I guess when I think of Steve Vai's music, I want to think of the driving rhythm of "Greasy Kid Stuff", the symphonic... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Wes G. Darling
4.0 out of 5 stars Fire Garden has another baby....
I truly, truly, deep in my heart feel that Vai hit his signature sound when he released Fire Garden. Every album since then has been some kind of continuation of that sort of vibe. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mo
2.0 out of 5 stars Love Vai just not this album.
I've been a big Steve Vai fan for a long time. Unfortunalty this album just fell flat for me. As much as I wanted it to love it it just never stuck with me.
Published 10 months ago by Robert Murdock
4.0 out of 5 stars a great piece of musicical art.
another piece of nice music art by steve vai.this album shines.steve vai has an incredible vision of music.and this album proves that.
Published 10 months ago by TREVOR G.
3.0 out of 5 stars steve vai cd rating!
Pretty sure it's just me because as always there's no doubt Stevie Vai is one of the best guitarist ever, but I thought this cd was too slow... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lavonna Lynn Ennis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of light
Enjoying every nuance of Mr. Vai musical idiosyncrasies! Loving the production and the vast musicality of this great musical piece of art!
Published 11 months ago by J Arroyo
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