Sex and Religion

Label
Sony
Release date
2008
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
60:16

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
5 Steve Vai - Sex & Religion - Sex & Religion 4:24 1,186
10 Pig 3:36 12,360
11 The Road To Mt. Calvary 2:34 8,497
12 Down Deep Into The Pain 8:01 12,301
13 Rescue Me Or Bury Me 8:23 13,793
In My Dreams With You 5:00 21,302
Dirty Black Hole 4:27 14,389
Still My Bleeding Heart 6:01 17,001
Touching Tongues 5:32 23,881
An Earth Dweller's Return 1:04 14,754
Here & Now 4:47 15,678
Survive 4:46 11,693
State Of Grace 1:41 14,927

About this album

Sex and Religion is a Steve Vai album presented under the name of simply “Vai” and before then “Light Without Heat” but had to be changed due to copyright issues to the original name. It features Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band vocalist and guitarist Devin Townsend on vocals before he started either one of his own bands. Townsend also co-wrote the track “Pig”, as well as “Just Cartilage”* which was left off the final album. Vai also worked with Desmond Child on the track “In My Dreams with You”.

*(Finally on the Japanese edition - which published by Sony Music - appeared the “Just Cartilage” song as the 8th track.) http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:difpxqwdldde

For this album, Vai wished to put together a band of awe-inspiring musicians, which included him, Devin Townsend, drummer Terry Bozzio and bassist T.M.Stevens. Vai ended up micro-managing the writing and recording process causing much conflict during the making of the album. The band that recorded the album never toured in support of it due to the conflicts during the recording process; in the words of Steve Vai:

“…now the next record (after Passion and Warfare) was supposed to be so important. It turned out to be a hard record to make. There was the concept of putting this band together with all monster musicians. It worked in theory, but not in practice. I was hoping everybody could contribute their performance expertise while I sort of guided the band in the direction that I thought the music should go. They were very talented people that had definite ideas of the music they liked to play, and it all clashed dramatically.

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