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Steve Vai - Modern Primitive/Passion And Warfare album review

Album Review

Steve Vai's second and definitive album gets a reissue, along with a bunch of newly updated material

Released in 1990, Passion And Warfare was Steve Vai’s second album and is still regarded as definitive by many. An avid student of Frank Zappa, Vai transforms what is essentially a heavy metal instrumental album into a sublime guitar extravaganza with some judicious shredding, well-constructed solos with copious amounts of effects, broken up by the occasional ballad that can stir the heart while eschewing the obvious clichés. What few lyrics there are have an idiosyncratic wit and the overall sense is of an edgy heavy metal that’s invigorating, while refusing to settle.

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