Ok, some of you made very detailed reviews, so I'm going to make mine very short (at least I'll try
1.- Building The Church: It's a great opening song. The title suggested me a very dark or spiritual music, but it's not what I feel with this song. I think it's a very happy and positive melody, I love it!!!!. Anyway, for some reason I was expecting heavier guitars, you know, like the ones that you can hear in a Buckethead album.
2.- Dying for Your Love: This one is so amazing, beautiful, mysterious, ahhh.. I don't know how to define it. Probably the best vocal work that Steve has ever made. Incredible from the first second!!!!
3.- Glorious: Niiiiiiice, very oriental sound. It's a "simple" but yet elegant track!!!!
4.- K'm-Pee-Du-Wee: This one is almost a chillout guitar song hahaha. It reminds me alot two songs: Frank and Die to Live
. That part from 1:00 to 1:13 it's so delicate, fantastic
5.- Firewall: F*cking GREAT!!!!. Just one word: funky!!!!!! (that air section is killer!!!!!)
6.- Freak Show Excess: Hahaha, what can I say here: 100% Steve Vai. This song MUST be heard at max volume
. My fav part is at 4:33 when the song reach a kind of break, and then follow a very "fusion" moment, groooooovy
7.- Lotus Feet: Tender, sad, great ballad. You have to hear it. (Is the guitar a bit out of tune? I'm not a musician but there are something "strange" in the sound of the guitar, it's not annoying at all, anyways).
8.- Yai Yai: Every Vai's album has a "freak" song hahaha, and Real Illusions is not the exception. For some reason, everytime I listen it, I see that little dwarf-toys (the ones that Sebastian created in the flim Blade Runner), walking and crashing against the walls hahaha
. The effect is very similar if not the same that Steve used in the intro of Kill The Guy With The Ball.
9.- Midway Creatures: One of the high points of this disc. Mindblowing from the start to the end. The rhythm section is awesome. The structure is not so complex but it's very catchy, you know, everytime I listen it, my left foot begins to follow the drums. Too bad it's so short
10.- I'm Your Secrets: Another relaxing one, nice guitars, very simple percussion. There is nothing wrong with this piece. This track is perfect for the next one, which is brutal.
11.- Under It All: As I said, this song is brutal, not in a heavy metal way. It's because is very complex and the instruments are over the top during every second (except for some passages), it's almost a battle between the vocals and the music, both of them trying to grab your attention. For me, this song it's like the second part of Love Secrets (from Passion & Warfare). Steve sings in a very "musical" way, I mean... it's like Dancer In The Dark, the flim starring Björk. I don't know what to add, it has everything what you can expect in a Steve Vai song, incredible composition.
Hmmm, it wasn't a short review, after all
Final comment: Thanks Steve, you made it again
[pleaaaase, dont' make us to wait until the year 2020 to hear the next part of Real Illussions
PS: The band playing is AWESOME, congrats, guys!!!!!!!