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An excellent album from a young maestro in the making!
on 29 May 2008
Firstly, let me just state that I have been a Vai fan for many, many years and I have had chance to digest every single sonic vignette. This album is an excellent and eclectic mix of compositions from a young guitarist trying to stand alone outside the shadow of Frank Zappa. Amongst the stand-out gems are 'Natural Born Boy', a raw and melodic piece in the style of Viv Women, or the later Frank, 'Details at 10' which opens with a beautiful harmonised guitar melody and features fun, quirky vocal lines, 'Bledsoe Bluvd' which was later extended and orchestrated to be featured as one of the stand out compositions on his later orchestral album, Sound Theories, 'Massacre' which features some scary whammy pedal abuse and dexterous guitar solos, and 'Burnin' Down the Mountain' a very mellow acoustic seventh song track which featured on the Enchanted Melody lp.
Overall and extremely raw, ambitious, eclectic and wonderful collection of compositional ideas, and an interesting documentation of the broad and ever expanding musical canvas of one of the world's greatest composers and virtuosos. Absolutely beautiful and essential. *****