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Guthrie Govan - Erotic Cakes CD (album) cover


Guthrie Govan


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.12 | 118 ratings

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5 stars First of all, you should know that Guthrie Govan is one of the world's best guitarists. If you can't enjoy fast and technical guitar playing; this may not be for you. Although, this CD also features some very sexy and smooth melodies. Seth Govan (Guthrie's brother) played bass for this record. He keeps up and holds the pocket well. Pete Riley does a wonderful job keeping the excitement high with his impressive drumming.

Waves - This song features a very smooth legato slide technique sounding similar to liquid, which is reasonably why it's called waves. The bass playing is very tight and fits the song perfectly. This song is prominently in 4/4.

Erotic Cakes - It sounds like this song is changing though crazy time signatures, but it is actually in 4/4 with a 5/4 groove section. It's very chromatic sounding, but unique and bold. Once the 5/4 bass groove sets in, you can't help but to dig in. There is a very entertaining solo sections with cool drum, bass, and guitar doodling.

Wonderful Slippery Thing - This is probably the jazziest song of Erotic Cakes. It has a great chord progression and melody. Totally a masterpiece. In my opinion; this could be considered a new Jazz Standard. The passing tones and clean guitar sounds are very good.

Ner Ner - This is a fun little song that features some slap bass. The whammy pedal might annoy some people, but I think it's fun.

Fives - The boys set one of the best 5/4 grooves I've ever heard in this tune. The tapping and guitar lead section is insane. You will not believe what you hear. This also features a very intimate and beautiful bass solo with tone to die for.

Uncle Skunk - This song actually features moving harmonies, which many guitarists don't utilize. Most guitar players would have a guitar, let's say, a 5th apart from the main melody. Guthrie changes the distances and creates a very interesting composition.

Sevens - This tune features 7 finger tapping, it's the 7th track and Guthrie decided to use many 7 chords.. Maybe that's why it's called Sevens? Either way; the tapping is insanely clean. The drumming is top notch. It's hard to believe that one guy is doing all of it! Pete really has a mastery of ghost notes while playing in odd meters. It really brings the groove out.

Eric - Things tone down a bit and Eric is a great slow tune to listen to. It features some pretty slide guitar.

Slidey Boy - This song has a tight bass section along with a great clean guitar melody. A true fusion tune.

Rhode Island Rhred - Whether you like Country music or not, this song is fun! It features Bumblefoot if I'm not mistaken. Some of the hybrid picking and authentic country styles are enjoyable.

Hangover - This song is very different, but it makes sense to me. The polyrhythms Pete performs near the end of the tune are very cool.

This album is a MUST buy for anyone who enjoys jazz, fusion, or mind blowing musicianship. Guthrie is without a doubt a prodigy of guitar. He does everything for a reason and he's a true master of improvisation. Many of the solos on the record are improvised!

fingerboy18 | 5/5 |


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