Alien Love Secrets

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Alien Love Secrets
EP by Steve Vai
Released March 21, 1995 (1995-03-21)[1]
Recorded The Mothership Studio in Hollywood Hills
Genre Instrumental rock
Length 33:26[2]
Label Relativity
Producer Steve Vai
Steve Vai chronology
Sex & Religion
Alien Love Secrets
Fire Garden

Alien Love Secrets is an EP by guitarist Steve Vai, released on March 21, 1995 through Relativity Records. The EP reached No. 125 on the U.S. Billboard 200[3] and remained on that chart for two weeks,[4] as well as reaching No. 72 on the Dutch albums chart.[5]


It was written and recorded in less than six weeks as a stripped-down guitar, bass and drums record with minimal keyboards. According to Vai, he had wished to maintain a steady output of material following his 1993 album Sex & Religion, but the recording process for the 70+ minutes of his subsequent 1996 album Fire Garden was taking too long. The EP was therefore purposely released in anticipation of Fire Garden.[6] Stylistically Alien Love Secrets marks a return to the more familiar instrumental rock of Vai's 1990 album Passion and Warfare, following the highly mixed reception to Sex & Religion.[1]

Notable tracks include "Bad Horsie", which was derived from a riff played by Vai during the final scenes of the 1986 film Crossroads; "Juice" was featured on the soundtrack of the 1996 PlayStation video game Formula 1; "Ya-Yo Gakk" is a call and response interplay with vocal recordings of Vai's young son Julian; "Tender Surrender", one of Vai's most popular songs, bases itself around a familiar sound, structure and tempo as Jimi Hendrix's "Villanova Junction Blues" from his 1999 live album Live at Woodstock, although written in a different key; and "The Boy from Seattle", which is a tribute to Hendrix written by Vai.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine at AllMusic gave Alien Love Secrets three stars out of five, calling it a "moodier, more atmospheric collection" than Passion and Warfare. He also praised his "fluid technique, which manages to never become completely mechanical."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Steve Vai.

No. Title Length
1. "Bad Horsie" 5:51
2. "Juice" 3:44
3. "Die to Live" 3:53
4. "The Boy from Seattle" 5:03
5. "Ya-Yo Gakk" 2:52
6. "Kill the Guy with the Ball"
  • "b] The God Eaters"
7. "Tender Surrender" 5:01
Total length: 33:26


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1995 Dutch albums chart 72[5]
Billboard 200 125[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Alien Love Secrets - Steve Vai". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  2. ^ Alien Love Secrets (CD release "Rel 478586 2").
  3. ^ a b "Alien Love Secrets - Steve Vai | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  4. ^ "Steve Vai - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  5. ^ a b "Steve Vai - Alien Love Secrets (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  6. ^ Vai, Steve. "Alien Love Secrets (1995)". Retrieved 2014-12-10.

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