Steve Vai   The Story of Light
Release Date: 2012

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0.0 bloc | August 10th 12

Avoid tracks "John The Revelator" and "Book Of The Seven Seals" at all costs. The rest of the songs are standard and enjoyable Vai (depending on how much you actually like him), ranging from the Hawaiian inspired song Creamsicle Sunset, the ballad-like Weeping China Doll, to the waves of arpeggiated chords in the title track.

2 Bumps | Bump

4.0 excellentHurricanslash | June 18th 14

Great album. Don't listen to bloc, "John The Revelator" and "Book of the Seven Seals" are my favourite songs on this thing. Overall very enjoyable and I guess songwriting-wise, this is his best.


4.5 superbEarendil | March 1st 13

I have mixed feelings about Steve Vai. Some of his material is the most technically amazing stuff I've ever
heard; I consider him to be the greatest guitarist on the electric guitar of all time. That being said, much of
his material (like his critically acclaimed Passion and Warfare) left me unsatisfied. Despite the high level of
technical proficiency, in the past he has had a tendency to compose some straight-forward and (in my
opinion) boring music. That's not to say all of his material before this album falls into this category; each
album I've listened to by him has some great and some incredible tracks, but he has not been consistent.

Anyways, I put on Vai's most recent album and it blew me away. It's a continuation of his previous album
Real Illusions: Reflections (and it's the sequel to it as part of a planned trilogy) but musically it perfects what
was only sometimes reached on that album. The focus is not on shredding guitars but on moving music.
The Story of Light is a beautiful, layered, textural, and eclectic collection of tracks that show Steve at his best
compositionally. It's also (perhaps not coincidentally) his most progressive album that I've heard. I highly
recommend The Story of Light, and it may just be the most skilled guitarist of all time's best album to date.

Rating: 9/10


5.0 classicthemetalhead1121 | February 1st 13

This is a great album to take a nice drive to, on a cloudy day. The guitar tone is amazing, and the whole album has this certain feel to it that is hard to explain... but I love it!!


2.5 averageDabaens | July 5th 16
1.5 very poorGago | July 2nd 16
3.0 goodNikki Angelus | June 12th 16
3.5 greatGMBass | February 11th 16
3.5 greatleothelion | October 19th 15
3.5 greatDenis L. G. | September 7th 15
4.0 excellentkevin4479 | July 25th 15
3.5 greatTrey Spencer STAFF | July 17th 15
3.0 goodadrian405 | April 29th 15
4.0 excellentivorymen | April 9th 15
3.0 goodJJKeys | March 16th 15
3.5 greatB.M. Taylor | January 31st 15
4.0 excellentMythodea | November 22nd 14
3.5 greatmaytropolees | October 25th 14
2.5 averageAtteLaine | June 10th 14
4.5 superbuzen | May 19th 14
4.0 excellentM. S. Nielsen | May 16th 14
4.5 superbRingo00 | March 3rd 14
4.0 excellentHenderson | February 7th 14
3.5 greatvai90 | November 5th 13
3.0 goodJustin Jam | November 3rd 13
3.0 goodcollinv09 | May 10th 13
4.0 excellentfleshstorm94 | May 7th 13
4.5 superbInbredJed | March 29th 13
3.5 greatWhereSleepIsRest | January 23rd 13
3.5 greatLani Parker | December 23rd 12
3.5 greatJethro | December 3rd 12
3.0 goodmetalhead149149 | November 29th 12
3.5 greatGbhill | November 7th 12
4.0 excellentmgguzman | October 2nd 12
3.5 greatwillsparrow | September 29th 12
3.0 goodZilla2112 | September 17th 12
4.0 excellentgallus90 | September 17th 12
4.5 superbPmagnum541 | September 6th 12
4.0 excellentTexture | September 6th 12
3.5 greatKing Henry VIII | August 26th 12
4.0 excellentGinjaninja | August 23rd 12
3.0 goodavalongus | August 18th 12
4.5 superbgokuchan68 | August 16th 12
4.0 excellentDan Phillips | August 12th 12

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