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EROTIC CAKES

Guthrie Govan

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.15 | 92 ratings

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Starhammer
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4 stars Never judge an album by its cover...

This is the first (and so far only) solo release from highly respected but little known jazz fusion guitarist, Guthrie Govan.

The Good: Whilst I enjoy solo albums from many guitarists including the likes of John Petrucci, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert etc. they do tend to either devolve into self indulgent exhibitions of virtuosity or compilations of various diluted styles. In both cases the rest of the instruments tend to play a more supporting role, such is the nature of the release.

Erotic Cakes is none of the above. Sure, there is no doubting Govan's technical ability, but the playing on display here is incredibly interesting, and the shredding tasteful. All of the songs have their own unique character with jazz rock undertones running throughout, and also features guest spots from Richie Kotzen and Bumblefoot. Whilst it is labelled a solo album, the bass and drums are also superb and the whole thing feels like the complete package. In fact, when performing these tracks they are billed as Erotic Cakes the band, rather than just Guthrie Govan.

The Bad: Joint award for the worst album art and worst album title of all time.

The Verdict: Looking forward to a second release!

Starhammer | 4/5 |

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