Steve Vai will never make an album as amazing as his first one, Flex-Able.
In fact, at this point, I doubt he’ll ever make another album that’s even good (to give credit where it’s due, I’ll give Passion and Warfare a 50% awesome rating, when that album is on it’s ON, but when it’s bad, it’s quite bad). He’s become a parody of himself. A parody of the guitar shredder. He should have never stopped trying to sound like Frank Zappa.
But damn, he made a really great record with Flex-Able. Dare I say great songwriting with Leonard Bernstein-esque mixolydian melodies? Absolutely!
Zappa-meets-West Side Story with incredible guitar playing. THIS SONG HERE IS HOW YOU PLAY A GUITAR SOLO! Sends chills down my spine.
(I used to put songs from Flex-Able on mix tapes for people, and instead of saying it was Steve Vai, I’d say it was from a band called Flex-Able. It was the only way I could sneak some Steve Vai on to a mix tape, back then.)