Where The Wild Things Are [DVD]
ChucklesMginty, on october 19, 2009 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: Just 2 years after his last live DVD 'Visual Sound Theories'Steve Vai returns with 'Where the Wild Things Are' shot live at the Minneapolis State Theater in 2007.
Vai has yet again stepped up his game, and to mix things up this time he's taken aboard two impeccable violin virtuosos; Alex Depue and Ann Marie Calhoun. If you need any proof of their abilities simply check out the clip of 'Oooo' on Vai's YouTube channel. It's astonishing how accurately they've recreated very guitaristic techniques onto the violin.
That's not to say it's without it's flaws, I wasn't overly impressed with the violin tone. Particularly DePue's, overall it comes of cheap and scratchy, although sporting a flying V violin with distortion may seem cool it ruined quite a few moments in my opinion. Calhoun's tone on the other hand, was brilliant. It's not easy to capture the sound of a violin whilst the performer is intent on jumping about the stage (rightly so of course!) But a very nice job has been done here.
I haven't heard the BluRay or surround sound versions but I can only assume they're absolutely mind blowing.
It's interesting to see how the production quality has improved over the years, and Vai's playing is better than ever. Aside from a few dodgy violin sections the sound is near perfect, and Vai certainly knows how to put together an amazing band. // 7
Overall Impression: It might not be for you, if you're not a Vai fan this DVD probably won't change your mind. But if you're familiar with his catalog, you'll love the live renditions + violin here.
I prefer almost much all the live versions to their studio counterparts. (Which says something about Vai's band and his own playing.) I'm really annoyed by the scratchy sounding violin parts though, after all the effort that's been put into all the minuscule details it seems a shame to overshadow them by something easily fixed.
In closing if you're a Vai fan, or interested in listening to more. You definitely won't be disappointed by this DVD. // 9
Sound: Great overall band level. He harmonizes so well with the violins and other guitars. The only bad point is the whole DVD is in the starting two songs his volume seemed to be turned down but that was soon fixed. The band mix was spot on there was no cloudyness or over compression in the sound, it just sounded raw and beautiful. // 10
Overall Impression: This DVD rocks. I brought it trying to see if I liked Steve Vai... I do. He has now convinced me to buy a Digitech Whammy pedal because of the way he uses it. The new band members are also great, the use of violins realy adds to the atmosphere. Any real Steve Vai fan needs this DVD. // 10
Where The Wild Things Are [DVD]
Guitar2theface, on february 16, 2010 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: The whole band is excellent, most obvious of which, is Steve Vai, of course. Every single member of the band are definitely virtuosos of their chosen instrument. New to this concert, however, are the two violinists, Alex DePue, and Anne Marie Calhoun, in addition to the standard "rock group". They add a different sound to the whole concert, and at some places its subtle, but other places its extremely obvious, and it adds a very new twist to old classics from Steve Vai.
The songs on the concert themselves are not any better or worse than the studio versions of them, but they certainly are different. Most songs have extended solos. The extended solos themselves are about 30 seconds long or so. // 9
Overall Impression: This was a solid DVD, and it kept me entertained for a good while. It was neither better nor worse than Vai's studio albums, just different. Hearing a different take on my favorite songs from Vai was great, though I will admit some of the extended solos feel like they drag on for longer than they should. The violins add a new dynamic to his music, but they don't feel out of place, as if the songs were written for violins in mind. I go back to it every once in a while to listen to it, and if I had the CD album I'd probably put the MP3s on my iPod, but I don't, and I don't want to pay $14 for the album itself. I feel the DVD was excellent, because seeing Vai play live in good quality is rare, but the visuals are important to this DVD, and I would not buy the album. // 9