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Guthrie Govan


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.13 | 127 ratings

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2 stars I admit to that I hate dong this here, because I'd rather invite attention to works deserving exposure, as opposed to be negative towards perhaps well-meaning attempt that don't really come off.

My attention to this album was raised by the overall high rating by contributors. It ended up being a cold shower to me, a disappointing experience. One of those albums that give Fusion a bad name.

At first listen I ended up skip, skip, skip whilst the Buddhist (probably Sanskrit) term "Nirliptaroopa" came to mind. It translates as "form without structure".

So, I put more time aside and "endured" the works in full - for a change. The end result was irritation with only tiny snippets of admiration at times. There is no doubt that Govan knows his fretboard. That he fails to make the most of his training is rather disappointing.

This is not a band effort, but Govan playing, supported by a totally forgettable rhythm section. There is only sound without rhythm, or melody, or substance and that seems to be the only comparison with Stevie Vai, who is a Paganini of guitar, but much less talented when it comes to composing memorable tunes.

Considering that I claim a bit of understanding to Jazz-Rock/Fusion spanning a few decades, this album comes across as one of the weakest in recent times. Irritating. 2.5 at the most.


Anon-E-Mouse | 2/5 |


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