Soren Andersen
Guilty Pleasures

Label: Mighty Music/Target
Three similar bands: Joe Satriani/Steve Vai/Electric Guitars

Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. City Of Angels
2. Agent Wells
3. The Kid
4. Satori
5. Skybar
6. Bad Weather
7. Beirut
8. Bird Feeder
9. 1983
10. Bipolar

Soren Andersen – guitars, keys, bass

Constant Replay (2011)

Chad Smith - drums
Glenn Hughes - bass
Marco Mendoza - drums
Neil Murray - bass
Ida Nielsen - bass
Marcus Linnet - Simmons toms
Simona Abdallah - Darbuka
Michael Gersdorff - bass
Morten Hellborn - drums


Released 2019-10-04
Reviewed 2020-01-13


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Soren Andersen is probably the leading Danish guitarist and has worked with plenty of skilled bands and artists as both musician and producer and now he is giving us some of his guilty pleasures that he has been writing for a while. He is a man who needs no introduction and I guess you could say as much of the guests he has on this album, Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith are two and the rest you can see to the left next to this text. This kind of album, the instrumental guitar driven rock album, has been a dream of Soren’s for a long time and now he thinks that it is the right time to realise that dream, so how about it?

Instrumental guitar driven rock music is the short description, comparable to the likes of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, in many regards I think that Andersen’s technique is more appealing than the two mentioned giants in the genre. The album is also inspired by the movie soundtracks of the eighties where the guitars replace the lead vocal line, and Andersen’s guitar is certainly speaking volumes. There is much variation and depth in the album, you will discover new aspects when listening to the album and it will take a long time for you to be done with it.

I really like the soundscapes that Andersen is painting and the way he plays can only be described as excellent and very appealing. The songs are all really great, judging by the many bland instrumental rock albums I have heard, it is quite difficult to do instrumental rock well but Andersen makes it seem so easy and has a great flow and atmosphere throughout his album – one of the best instrumental albums I have heard and probably one of the better guitar playing. I don’t think the album has any weaknesses and I think the tracks Skybar and Bird Feeder are my favourites.

Andersen’s guilty pleasures is certainly one recommended album, it would be insane to miss it if you like instrumental rock music and quite mad to miss it otherwise. This is an impressive album, not only because Andersen is a skilled guitarist but he is also a brilliant song-writer and the songs he has given us for this album are terrific.