on 21 December 2004
In 1995, Steve Vai was working on his next opus, the now highly-regarded Fire Garden. Taking a break from it's high production demands, Vai took 4 weeks off and recorded a back-to-basics guitar album with a slight grunge feel to it.
Of course, as with Steve Vai, it is still far from basic. Bad Horsie is a great stomping opener for the album, a chugging riff powering the song along before leaping into the fray with a whimpering horse guitar solo. It has to heard to be believed!
Die to Live is regarded by many as an album high-light, with its fantastic loose sound. Juice is a fantastic all-out rocker, as indeed the majority of the album is. The true highlight for many though is the closing track, Vai's bluesey emotionally charged Tender Surrender. This track is worth the asking price alone, let alone the other six great tracks.
Highly recommended, especially for such a low price.
on 14 January 2000
This EP wa release to keep Vai fans happy whilst they were waiting for the next album proper to come out (Fire Garden). It is a back to basics EP with a sinlge guitar playing with a full band. When I say basic, it's still a magical EP with some amazing guitar work. "Bad Horsie" was indeed used in part for Crossroads, and it's a chugging song with lots of slide playing that suggests a duel between and Iron Horse and a Steam Locomotive! "Die to Live" is another highlight with it's thoughful question/answer structure and beautiful and mysterious solo. how does Steve make an A chord sound so good? Another highlight is "The Boy from Seattle" with it's complex chord play. Tender Surrender finishes off the EP with some lovely, yearning guitar. This CD is always popular amoungst Vai fans and for good reason.
on 21 March 2007
Vai is the most masterful guitarist in the world. This may only be my opinion but it is backed up brilliently by the tracks on this album. With Juice and Tender surrender standouts amongst the rest. His technical ability is second to none. Anyone can appreciate this album whether theylike instrumental guitar or not. From Bad horsie with its unbelievable whammy bar pyrotechnics and ya-yo gakk with vocals from his very own (and young!) child! excellent!
on 14 May 2014
1. Bad Horsie = Heavy, metal, slide guitar conglomeration of Doom!
2. Juice = Juicy, blues shuffle, boogie woogie dance instrumental song!
3. Die To Live = Dark, storytelling ace song
4. The Boy From Seattle = Beautiful, clean guitar solos with an indian-esque ending!
5. Ya -Yo Gakk = Baby rock song!
6. Kill The Guy With The Ball = aaYaYa, nuff said.
7. Tender Surrender = A masterpiece of feeling and a true example of a guitar virtuoso at work!
I strongly encourage you to own this album as there is one master piece on this album and 5 other brilliant songs in their own right!
on 2 October 2000
"Alien Love Secrets" has to rank among Steve Vai's best work. There are some pros and cons to the album, which I will discuss. The first negative is that the album is so short, only 7 tracks but don't let this fool you, I've bought albums with 18 tracks on them and liked only 4. All 7 songs are immaculate and almost perfectly executed. Secondly there are no vocals, this can be a pro and a con, a pro in that Steve's voice is awful and his lyrics weak so we thankfully don't have to hear this, a con in that he could have invited a guest vocalists as Santana has done which may have made the album a perfect 10, however the lack of vocals just draw more attention to the guitars and puts more pressure on Steve to deliver the right sound and he doesn't disappoint. Considered by many to be the greatest guitarist ever, the album is really a mix of hard rock and blues and is fast paced and has a real edge to it, that is until the last song, the beautifully serene "Tender Surrender". It's a great album by a guitar legend.
on 10 March 2010
This EP I guess was supposed to be just something to keep the fans happy whilst they were waiting for the new full CD. Well, it's kept this fan happy for the past 15 years.
This EP proves perfection exists. You listen to it from start to finish and it's flawless. There's not one note that could be changed that would make it better. Another album that does that for me is Miles Davis' "Relaxin' with the Miles Davis quintet". It's just spot on from the very first note to the last.
From the heavy, bluesy stomper "Bad Horsie" to the Hendrix tribute "Boy from Seattle" to the gorgeous ballad "Tender Surrender" nicely built-up in crescendo till it reaches its climactic finish!
Stunning stuff! Every fan of guitar music should own this.
on 28 October 1999
My Favourite has to be Bad Horsie. It reminds me of the film Crossroads where Steve first starts the guitar duel, very ballsy, very good. Ya Yo Gak is an amusing song involving his son talking and steve copying on the guitar, very cleverly done. Tender Surrender is the 'For The Love Of God' of the album, a very good,tasteful piece. Overall this is a very good album from Steve although a bit short in content, well worth buying.
on 23 February 2008
Bloody hell! This guy can play guitar. I'm well aware of many fantastic guitarists (Clapton, Hendrix, May, Gilmour, Marr, Satriani, etc), but Steve Vai is something else. Never have I heard such speed, precision and clarity.
'Juice' is just sublime, and 'Tender surrender'? Beautiful. 'Ya-Yo Gakk' features a riff based around his infant son's baby speak, and 'Bad Horsie' shows Vai playing his guitar like a furious Mustang.
If you want to hear a guitar talk, then check out Steve Vai, who, in this humble reviewers opinion, is absolutely second to none. (Let the arguments commence!).
on 9 June 2014
Bought on behalf of partner to add to his growing music library. He thinks this album is fabulous and is a huge fan of Steve Vai. Highly recommended!
on 23 October 2014
Awesome album from one of the worlds greatest guitarists and innovaters of guitar players.
What more can you say about a world class musician.