Valley of Fire (feat. The Magnificent 13, Michael Lee Firkins, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, Paul Gilbert, Neal Schon, Mattias IA Eklundh, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe, Jeff Loomis, Richie Kotzen, Gus G., Steve Hunter & Ben Woods)
Steve Vai's most underrated quality is his nimble melodicism; even when rocking hard, his playing remains dazzlingly lyrical. On the proggy “Answers,” his fret-work resembles a rollercoaster snaking through gravity-defying tunnels, while the subdued “Dyin' Day” calls to mind pirouetting ballerinas. The evocative “Upanishads” finds him mimicking sitars and windchimes to put you in a celestial trance.