Went out looking for "Ocean MAchine" last night after work, and not suprisingly, even in Downtown Crossing, Boston, didn't find a copy. So i grabbed "Sex and Religion" instead.
I can kidna see why DT left. I love Vai, and if anything, i love Townsend's work more... But it's a bit sophomoric and excessive... Vai's not exactly the world's createst lyricist, to start with, and even moments that could have been salvageable ("In My Dreams With You" is a wonderfully warped song), Townsend is WAY too excessive and exaggerated. Sure, it could have been the fact that he was just a kid at the time (19, right?) but i have a feeling Vai was also kinda looking for a completely over the top vocal performance; Devin certianly doesn't overdo his phrasing that much in his own music, and in the rare moments he does, it at least serves the music, not parodies it.
Oh well, its still an interesting disc. I just wish it wasn't so comical.