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Sex & Religion is a studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released under the band name "Vai" on July 23, 1993 through Relativity Records. The album features future Devin Townsend Project and Strapping Young Lad singer and guitarist Devin Townsend on vocals. Townsend also co-wrote the tracks "Pig" and "Just Cartilage", the latter of which was only released as a bonus track in Japan. Vai also co-wrote "In My Dreams with You" with Desmond Child and Roger Greenawalt.
Sex & Religion reached No. 48 on the U.S. Billboard 200, No. 17 in the UK albums chart and also charted within the top 60 in four other countries."Steve Vai - Sex & Religion (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-12-09. "In My Dreams with You" was released as a single, reaching No. 36 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock (chart)Mainstream Rock chart.
The album's cover art appears to be a reference to the famous artistic depictions of Saint Sebastian.

Background and conflict

For Sex & Religion, Vai wished to put together a band of "monster musicians" which included himself, Townsend, drummer and fellow Frank Zappa alumnus Terry Bozzio, and bassist T. M. Stevens. It was originally intended for each musician to contribute ideas and play a large role in the creative process, but Vai ended up micro-managing the whole project, which caused much conflict during the making of the album. As Vai explains,"Sex & Religion (1993)". Retrieved 2014-12-09. there was heavy expectation to make another album in the style of Passion and Warfare (1990), but he instead made the decision to go in a radically different direction, therefore confounding many fans and critics. The band split up after the album was finished, and Vai subsequently toured only with Townsend and several session drummers and bassists (including Abe Laboriel Jr., Toss Panos, and Scott Thunes).

Critical reception

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Stephen Thomas Erlewine at AllMusic gave Sex & Religion two stars out of five, calling it "the most predictable and conventional—not to mention boring—album of Vai's usually remarkable career" and criticizing the band as being "pedestrian".

Track listing


  • Steve Vai – guitar, vocals, arrangement, engineering, production
  • Devin Townsend – lead vocals
  • Terry Bozzio – drums
  • T. M. Stevens – bass
  • Kane Roberts – background vocals
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering

Chart performance


! Year !! Chart !! Position
Dutch albums chart
German albums chart
Swedish albums chart
Swiss albums chart
UK albums chart
US Billboard 200


! Year !! Title !! Chart !! Position
"In My Dreams with You"
Billboard Mainstream Rock
"Down Deep into the Pain"
Billboard Mainstream Rock

External links

  • In Review: Vai "Sex & Religion" at Guitar Nine Records

  • Category:Steve Vai albums
    Category:1993 albums
    Category:Relativity Records albums

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