After the success of PASSION & WARFARE, Steve Vai fed his creative hunger by collaborating with a lineup of exceptional musicians. Released on Relativity/Epic Records, SEX & RELIGION features master drummer Terry Bozzio, Shocka Zooloo bassist T.M. Stevens, and early vocal efforts from Strapping Young Lad’s Devin Townsend. Bozzio and Stevens provide an impressive rhythmic foundation with Townsend’s charismatic banshee-like dynamics complementing Vai’s brilliant melodic contour. Despite creative differences during its creation that resulted in a short life for the all-star super group, SEX & RELIGION still offers entertaining songs about the human soul’s desire for love and contentment in the face of despair.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Capra