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Guthrie Govan


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.12 | 118 ratings

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5 stars 10/10

Never judge an album by its cover! (And its title!)

The first time I heard of Guthrie Govan was when I heard he was the guitarist of masterpiece The Raven That Refused to Sing and Other Stories, from the genius Steven Wilson, who had assembled an impeccable line-up for this album. Although like what Govan was doing here (I really love your emotional ground Drive Home), he did not stand out , not be bad, but precisely because it was a collective effort in which all shone. Later I came to find out that he and Marco Minneman had this project called The Aristocrats (still want to hear them) and a friend of mine, Herick, was already a fan of his for a long time. About a month ago, my friend showed me this one heck of a show of Govan in Japan, and I immediately noticed two things: 1) That beard and crazy hair!; 2) It actually looked interesting . However, about two weeks after that I got a big surprise: Erotic Cakes, an album that I had ever seen around here in PA, was his solo album . The same facebook page that made me know that posted a video of the original version of " Ner Ner ", and I went to hear her.

Man, my head exploded! I was not prepared for the level of this guy, the real talent he has and which he had no idea. Soon I tried to find this album in its entirety to listen to it, both because I wanted to see what Govan had to offer me and because I'm passionate about everything that is related to jazz and jazz-fusion, even if they are not genres that I explore so often. At the moment I'm listening this review it again, steadying my belief that this is a masterpiece.

But after all, what's Erotic Cakes? A jazz album Drinking in rock? Or a rock album Drinking in jazz? My father gave me the answer: both. Do not be fooled by the cover and the horrible title. This is one of the best musical experiences I have had in recent times, thanks to the skills and Seth Guthrie Govan (bassist) and Pete Riley (drummer). Though Guthrie is the star of the show, it is wise not to attract his entire attention to themselves by delegating space for the two companions - a notable example is the title track, where each of the three has room for short solos. Just see the fretless to Uncle Seth Skunk or his work in the final track, Hangover. And Riley has a dynamic style and quite complex, easily switching between rock and jazz. He has an indescribable footprint, which sounds somehow accessible and challenging at the same time.

But like I said, Guthrie Govan is the star of the show. How could I live my life without knowing the sound of this guy? It is almost impossible to describe what he's doing here, just to be able to walk around and switch between so many styles and timbres, printing multiple forms of musicianship that do justice to the fact that this album be here on the site. From his semi-acoustic work Wonderful Slippery Thing (which I already knew the show in Japan) for his aggressive, powerful work Ner Ner (I have a tendency to have the first track I listen to an album before you listen it altogether as one of my favorites, and here was no different), the slide guitar and Eric psicodelias to arrive at fun country/bluegrass Rhode Island Shred. This guy has become my new guitar hero, no doubt.

5 stars, of course!

voliveira | 5/5 |


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