STEPHAN FORTÉ “The Shadows Compendium”

“The Shadows Compendium”
I’m pretty biased towards guitar wanking albums. Self-indulgence is not a pretty sight. I have very little experience of listening to these kinds of albums simply because I don’t know how to approach them. I don’t play the guitar and have no knowledge of different techniques so I can’t judge the level of skills. I just listen to the songs hoping to hear anything/something good. All I can go by is the groove and the melodies. All the wizardry, although impressive, goes in one ear and out the other. OK, so I approach this album by Stephan Forté with a hesitant attitude but I hope to be convinced by the end of it. To my surprise I liked this. Partly because It reminded me of that first Yngwie Malmsteen album but mostly because it spoke to me in a way that I understood. This is a record you can enjoy even if you can’t tell one chord from the other. Anders Ekdahl

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