Mattias IA Eklundh - Freak Guitar: The Road Less Traveled

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Mattias IA Eklundh - Freak Guitar: The Road Less Traveled

Postby Tim_DJ » Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:12 pm

Track List:
1. The Road Less Traveled
2. There’s No Money in Jazz
3. Print This!
4. Father
5. No Strings Attached
6. Caffeine
7. Fletch Theme
8. The Battle of Bob
9. Chopstick Boogie
10. Toxic Donald
11. Happy Hour
12. Smoke on the Water
13. Insert Coin
14. The Woman in Seat 27A
15. Ketchup is a Vegetable
16. Samba Caramba
17. White Trash Hyper Blues
18. Toxic Mickey
19. Minor Swing
20. One-String Improvisation
21. Asteroid 3834
22. Little Bastard
23. Difficult Person Music

Mattias IA Eklundh, guitar wizard of the progressive rock/metal band Freak Kitchen, is also a guitar genius. His latest solo effort Freak Guitar: The Road Less Traveled, is a tour de force in guitar playing. Granted, this album is done solely for the purpose of showing that Eklundh can play. True, he overplays at nearly every opportunity. Those things said, though, this album is stunning. Very few players can make their guitars sound the way that he does.

With 23 tracks, The Road Less Traveled is a bit of a hodge podge of musical genres. At times, there are thought provoking songs (The Woman in Seat 27A), and at times downright comical (One-String Improvisation). At no point, however, is there ever any doubt that this dude can play. The title track, also the first track on the album, prove that.

The title tracks comes at you with one goal in mind…to blow you away. Achieving sounds that one would be hard pressed to reproduce, Eklundh creates a musical picture that begs to be repeated in your cd player. The song is strong enough to stand up against anything that Satriani, Vai, or Malmsteen have done. The only down side to this album is its number of tracks. 23 tracks is a lot to listen to and digest. Personally, when I listen to a cd, 12 tracks is about all I can handle. The Road Less Traveled does have the ability to lose the listener. But what a trip it is getting lost!

For fans of great guitar music, this is definitely a CD to purchase. You won't be sorry. Tracks from this CD are currently in rotation on The Microphone Free Zone on Thursday Afternoons from 3-5 Eastern. Check this album'll be glad you did!
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