For me, this release took time to sink in because there is so much going on. Not just shredding but dynamics and melody that gives your brain a workout. Then it clicked - holy crap this is an incredible collaboration of sonic nirvana! Every song on "Culture Clash" is killer and has its own personality. Whether rock, fusion, techno, rockabilly, or prog-metal, these tunes are clever and well thought out with arrangements to die for. The disc clocks in just over 57 minutes, all instrumental, and each band mate wrote three songs. You can get lost in these songs and shouldn't focus too long on one instrument because the sum is better than its parts.
Boing, We'll Do It Live! is the first live album of The Aristocrats, released on December 10, 2012. Footage and sound for this release were recorded in two concerts held at Alvas Showroom in Los Angeles, California. During those concerts the band played material from their debut album as well as songs from each band members' solo projects. The album was released on double-CD and DVD. The deluxe edition consists of both the DVD and the two CDs including two bonus tracks not featured on standard editions.
As the title makes plain, Where the Other Wild Things Are rounds up the performances from the 2009 Where the Wild Things Are DVD that didn’t make the accompanying CD of the same name – a whopping 12 tracks, all also recorded with a stellar lineup of Bryan Beller, Jeremy Colson, Dave Weiner, Ann Marie Calhoun, and Alex DePue at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. It is quite shamelessly more of the same, but that’s not a bad thing since this is all of a very high quality, capturing Vai at something of a dense, thoughtful peak. Sure, it might have been nice to have this all initially come out as a double-disc set, but failing that, it’s good to have all this material available on CD.