Q - 11/99, p.1363 stars out of 5
- "...his most leftfield to date, as he lets his imagination (and fingers) run free over 13 largely experimental tracks....guitar aficionados will no doubt be marveling at Vai's mastery..."
Personnel: Steve Vai (vocals, various instruments, guitar); Koshi Inaba (vocals); Tak Matsumoto (guitar); Andy Cleaves (trumpet); Duane Benjamin (trombone); Mike Keneally (keyboards); John Sergio, Philip Bynoe, Bryan Beller (bass); Gregg Bissonette, Mike Mangini, Robin DiMaggio (drums); Niels Bye Nielsen (samples); Pia.
"Windows To The Soul" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
This album contains two tributes to two other stellar guitarists. One of those is "Jiboom," which pays homage to Stevie Ray Vaughan, while "Frank" remembers Frank Zappa. Vai saw his career begin as a teenage stunt guitarist for Frank Zappa. Later, Mike Keneally performed the same role in a band backing Zappa. For this album, Keneally toured in Vai's band, but plays keyboards on the album. It is an amazing exhibition of six-string talent. ~ Tom Schulte