I give Vai a lot of credit for reinventing himself. After listening to the CD once through I was a little thrown off, in a good way that is. Vai managed to outdo himself again coming up with some very original wild new sounds on the guitar. I haven’t had the chance to dig into the lyrics yet but the playing is superb. Two words describe Vai’s playing on this CD: 1) clever & 2) tasteful. Vai doesn’t really go nuts with the pyrotechnics but rather goes for playing the right notes at the right time. The overall sound and feel is somewhat “raw” in nature. Maybe Vai was going for that feel? Thanks again VAI and congratulations on a job superbly done!!!