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Real Illusions: Reflections

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  • If you like Vai’s old style, remember you had to re-check your premises with Fire Garden and learn to like Ultra Zone. “Real Illusions – Reflections” is the natural sequel to Ultra Zone because it’s even more experimented.

    Even with the new style, the album “borrows” moods and melodies from different points in Vai’s discography:
    - Flex-Able meets Alien Love Secrets and “Boston Rain Melody” in “K’m-Pee-Du-Wee” (track 4)
    - “Little Aligator” up tempo in “Firewall” (track 5)
    - “Fire Garden Suite” reinvented on “Freak Show Excess” (track 6)
    - “The Riddle” revisited with synths in “Midway Creatures” (track 9)
    - Sex and Religion melodies in “I’m your Secrets” (track 10)

    So here’s the album overview:
    - GREAT instrumentals on tracks 1, 4, 6, 9
    - the usual Vai (but remember he can play) on tracks 3, 5, 7, 10, 11
    - funny Vai on track 8
    - no point when track 2 passes by

    A worthy mention to Billy Sheehan, who plays very precise and cool bass. Check “Freak Show Excess” all over, mainly the duet between 03:45 and 05:20.

    Conclusions:
    - If you like Vai no matter what he does, BUY the album – it’s great.
    - If you didn’t like Ultra Zone, hey, have a full listening session before buying “Real Illusions – Reflections” and decide by yourself.

    Posted on December 2, 2009