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Enevoldsen, Torben: Flying Solo

Flying Solo is Danish guitarist Enevoldsen's third solo release and second on Lion since Heavy Persuasion was released in October 2000. Torben is clearly one of the most accomplished and mature artists on the label. His dizzying digital dexterity continues on this latest offering. Ten slices of excellent no filler instrumental guitar, several parts Satriani, some parts DiMeola / Malmsteen with several hints of Torben thrown in grace this disk. This may in fact be the disk that some die-hard Satriani fans wish he would make! Torben tears through tracks like "1:49 A.M." and "First Attempt" with flash, flourish and alarming confidence. "Lobotomized" recalls the best and heaviest offerings of Steve Lukather, a tribute to Luke's "Los Lobotomy's" I am sure. There are a few softer moments particularly "A Minor Detour" a short sweet acoustic number but the pedal is firmly down on most of these barnburners. We can certainly look forward to his future projects including a second "Section A" band project Parallel Lives here in 2005 following in the footprints of 2004's excellent debut The Seventh Sign, all on Lion Music. This release easily earns 4 stars remembering that for totally instrumental releases, 4 1/2 or 5 stars equals other worldly.

Track Listing
1) 1:49 A.M.
2) Departure
3) Lobotomized
4) Last Call
5) Beyond Compare
6) Odd Measures
7) Daybreak
8) First Attempt
9) A Minor Detour
10) Solitude

Added: July 2nd 2005
Reviewer: Mike Blackburn
Related Link: Lion Music
Hits: 4174
Language: english

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Enevoldsen, Torben: Flying Solo
Posted by Steve Pettengill, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-07-02 12:08:23
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There's no denying it. Torben Enevoldsen has chops galore. He flies up and down the fretboard, playing scales at dizzying speeds, hammering away like Eddie Van Halen but never getting down to business with a track that has an ounce of emotion to it. Outside of a few isolated moments, such as "Lobotomized", which almost feels like a proper composition, I'll be damned if I can distinguish one track from the next. Nearly every "song" features a simple medium tempo rhythm track over which we get an endless flurry of excessive guitar solos and guitar effects, all burping and farting and alienating all but Berklee School of Music graduates and aficionados of guitar technique. No kidding, anything from Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force is masterfully tuneful next to Flying Solo. I'm sure Malmsteen/Satriani/Vai lovers will soil themselves over the talents of Torben Enevoldsen, but I just can't relate to this stuff.

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