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Album Review

Steve Vai offers the following words of advice about Fire Garden, his fifth solo album: "This is essentially a double CD packed onto one. In this package there are over 74 minutes of music. Phase I (for the most part) is all instrumental music, and Phase II (for the most part) is all vocal selections, with the exception of 'Warm Regards.' ... Being as dense as it is, this CD may best be experienced by devouring it in pieces, but those with a strong constitution may dare to consume it whole as it is." Seldom has an artist provided more telling liner notes for his own album. Fire Garden is indeed a dense album, filled with a never-ending array of sonic textures and guitar tones. Unlike most guitar heroes, Vai doesn't treat music as a way to demonstrate his technical skill. Instead, he channels his astonishing technical skill into creating soundscapes that will showcase his virtuosity as often as not. The result is a guitar album that is enjoyable for non-guitar freaks, as well. Vai's vocals still have a way to go before they are as expressive as his instrumental work, but this subtle and dense concept album is the closest he's ever gotten to integrating the two sides of his musical personality together. An impressive effort from a musician who continues to grow and stretch himself with each new release.

Customer Reviews

Great Album!

I listened to this album when it first came out and had it only in cassette. Now that it's in the itunes store I get the chance to really listen to the quality of Vai's playing. Besides the fact that his technique is incredible, he's one of the few guitar players who can perform with such musicality and multiple colors. His album "Passion and Warfare" has as many varieties. But this one has many more conceptual themes.

Tour De Force

Perhaps Vai's most ambitious work to date. This album has some incredible songs with diversity and complexity. The more you listen the more this album will grow on you. The composition work is sophisticated and soulful. High points for me were tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14 and 18 but as a whole it really is incredible material. Being a huge Vai fan it is difficult to pick favorites but this is probably my personal favorite for studio material.

My Favorite Vai album

I love this album, its shows Steves experamental side (which he has alot of) and some of these songs are mindblowing. And I dunno why people dont like When I was a Little Boy, i find it quite hularious.


Born: June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Six-string wizard Steve Vai, along with his onetime teacher Joe Satriani, set the standard for rock guitar virtuosity in the '80s. Born on June 6, 1960, and raised in Carle Place, New York, Vai became interested in the guitar via such legendary artists as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Alice Cooper as a teenager and, upon starting high school, took lessons with an older player from the school, Joe Satriani. Playing in several local bands, Vai quickly picked up on the instrument, and by the age of...
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