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Inviolate Price: $8.99 (as of 28/05/2024 11:50 PST- Details)


Over the course of a more than 40-year career, Steve Vai has routinely transformed what would seem to be outrageously not possible into something very, very imaginable… and still also pretty outrageous. From his days as Frank Zappa’s “stunt guitar” player to his more recent expansive and exploratory solo work, Vai has continually challenged notions of traditional guitar playing and composition – and on more than one occasion even reimagined the very instrument itself. Which, he’ll admit, is not necessarily his intention. “I don’t sit around and say, ‘Okay, what can I do now that pushes the boundaries?,” Vai explains about his approach to the guitar. “What I do say to myself is, ‘Okay, Vai – what are you going to do now that’s going to interest you, that’s going to fascinate you, and that is the reason different than anything you’ve done before?” The answer to that question comes in the form of Vai’s newest and 10th solo album, Inviolate, a nine-song opus that does indeed push the boundaries of instrumental guitar music – this time out, Vai somewhat literally invented not just a new guitar, but also a new guitar-playing technique. “An inviolate inspiration is one that comes to you completely pure,” Vai explains. “Apparently almost in it’s completeness, and there is a recognition of it as being best for you – perfectly best for you. There is not any excuses in it. There is not any fantasy in it. There’s just a recognition of ‘yes.’ And then you capture that in a way that’s authentic to your unique creativity. Confidently, that’s what I’ve done with this record.”