2 of 3 thought this review was well written
This is a Steve Vai album. What more do I have to say? As in all of his other records, he has found a new and original way to do his trademark virtuoso thing.
Released after Flex-Able Leftovers, this album, despite being by a highly talented artist, wasn't expected to do very well (Steve Vai himself said he expected it to sell 10 copies). The album was released and was a huge success (for a virtuoso album).
The 5 Stand-Out Tracks on Passion and Warfare:
5. For the Love of God- This song has some absolutely beautiful sounds. Immediately set up by an awesome sitar line, Steve begins solo-ing over it. The lead part is extremely emotionally played and heard, and you can tell how much thought is put into absolutely every note and slide.
4. Sisters- This is an amzingly relaxing peice. The acoustic solo through it stands out from the rest of the album and is very refreshing.
3. The Audience is Listening- Opening with a minute long vocal track, you now from the beggining this is not going to be a normal song. Steve does some awesome stuff with his guitar (especially at around 3:10), and the little "story" told in the backround is pretty amusing. This is basically the comic relief track from all the serious-ness in For the Love of God right before.
2. Liberty- What can I say? Amazing song, truly uplifting. Showing his songwriting and technical skills, this is one of Steve Vai's best songs.
1. Love Secrets- This seems to be a bit of an unpopular choice for the best song on the album, but I really think it is. Filled with strange sounds (it's hard to distinguish the guitar at all), This is the grand finale to the album. The only lyrics in the whole song ("This issn't just a dream!!") are haunting and truly speak to you. You have gotta experience this for yourself.
Simply an amazing album by possibly the best guitarist alive.