Guthrie Govan
Erotic Cakes


4.5
superb

Review

by yas666eer USER (5 Reviews)
November 13th, 2008 | 108 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album is one of the closest thing to six string heaven concept.

BACKGROUND: Even though this is his first solo album, Guithrie Govan had been well known to small number since 1993 when he won the guitarist of the year award by Guitarist magazine (UK). He continued to work with the magazine to transcribe complex guitar pieces . He still teaches at some of the better known musical institutes throughout the UK.

In all uniqueness. Guthrie manages to capture what many would usually consider to be two of the most essential ingredients for making a successful Guitar instrumental album. Firstly, A wide range of musical dynamics especially style and technique changes (shred, strum, slide, mood swings, flow etc.) and secondly, keeping the listener “involved” instead of them switching to the next song; I think the latter being the harder part to pull off.

This is well put into practice by the first song waves, in which he uses beautiful ingenious guitar phrasing at the start which in turn ends up later as the meaty chorus and is linked to various hook laden lead patterns that adds massively to the overall flavour of the song. This song plus sevens with a surreal double handed tapping sequence as the bridge(7th track) have a very concrete rhythm section which are in likes of songs done by Allan Holdsworth or Gerg Howe. What really differentiates Guithrie however, is his ability to add the extra zing zangs which come in the form of pinch harmonics, brilliant tremolo breaks, legato runs and countless others of all which NONE seem out of place or just thrown to show “here is what i can really do on the fret board”.

Wonderful Slippery Thing, which is possibly the most famous of all his songs is uniquely jazzy and has a twelve note tapping sequence at its centre, this song oozes class like none other in the album. He actually wrote parts of this song way back in 1994. It sounds like something which a very intoxicated and stung out al di moela would play, but in all sense this still sounds like Guthrie’s song instead of cheap rip off. Ner Ner and Erotic cakes are more “modern day” tracks, for which he uses a very thick distortion, but later on slammer down into somewhat mellower “easy going” lead sequences. Ner Ner, also has a zesty solo in the middle by guitarist Ritchie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big). Other highlights in the album include Uncle Skunk, in which he keeps adding/removing notes to one single lick. This is possibly my favourite track of this album; the feel in the song immense and also Rhode Island Shred is just finger lickin' fun, it is a very very fast but controlled country hoe-down.


Overall this album is a marvellous example of guitar instrumental music. It's a tour de force of technique and style. I think this album actually in all of its segments makes you feel as if you’re on a long train ride, seeing various landscapes pass by in form of notes and shapes as it flies by, and I think one can only understand this by listening to the album.


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Xxplosive
November 13th 2008


126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YES! Someone actually reviewed this! I LOVE this album. I hung out with Guthrie at the NAMM show and went out to dinner, it was awesome haha.

Nice first review man! I recommend this album to anyone who likes music. Guthrie is probably one of, if not the best, guitar player out there.This Message Edited On 11.13.08

Zoo
November 13th 2008


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My favorite guitarist of all time. He is extremely underrated and he deserves way more credit than he receives. Props for the review dude.

Xxplosive
November 13th 2008


126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

He also is my favorite. He is a very funny man too. The man can chug quite a few beers haha.

sickofantsid
November 14th 2008


129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This and, The Machinations of Dementia by Blotted Science are, easily, my two favorite instrumental albums.

hellohelicopter
January 9th 2009


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best albums I own. Guthrie is a genius, and his music needs exposing to WAY more people.

asdemonsburn
July 29th 2009


793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why haven't I heard of this sooner, wow.

Nikkolae
February 3rd 2010


5404 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the tapping on Fives is just fucking mind blowing, album is terribly underrated : /

Digging: Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime

CoRpSeSlAyEr
May 10th 2010


855 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yes it is. This is like a mix of shawn lane, steve vai, joe satriani, buckethead, but he still def has his own style going. One of the best guitar instrumental albums of all time

bloc
August 11th 2010


53382 Comments


Prolly one of my favourite instrumental albums

Digging: The Presets - Hi Viz

Maynardziak
August 29th 2010


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best instrumental - guitar album that i've ever heard, pure genius

XlSuBlX
September 11th 2010


6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

G.O.A.T... period

bloc
September 13th 2010


53382 Comments


Definitely one of the best, if not THE best, instrumental guitar albums I've ever heard.

JustJoe.
November 20th 2010


5560 Comments


4.7/5

So close.

HalfManHalfAmazing
December 3rd 2010


1968 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

BRUTAL

JustJoe.
December 23rd 2010


5560 Comments


BEAUTIFUL

Harmoney
December 25th 2010


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

unbelievable

JustJoe.
January 10th 2011


5560 Comments


Masterful.

liledman
January 10th 2011


3828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

how the fuck does this have such a ridiculous average rating?



oh yeah sputnik is made up of guitarists, thats how.

JustJoe.
January 10th 2011


5560 Comments


But it's also superb...

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liledman
January 10th 2011


3828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hes a phenomenal player, no doubt. one of my favourites too. but his songs arent anything special.



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