Patrik Carlsson
Melodic Travel
Release date: January 15th 2007
Label: Lion Music
Provided by: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier/Amigo
Style: Instrumental Guitar Stuff
Rating: 70/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: January 15th 2007

Lion Music seems to have a predilection for instrumental virtuosity and they do have their way with finding undeniable talents. Swede Patrick Carlsson is another good example of one of these talents.


If you read my review of Italian guitarist Massimo Izzizzari, you’ll know that my primary references in this vein of rock music include Vai, Satriani and Oldfield. Well, just like Izzizzari, Carlsson is close to Satriani in style, sound and expression. Carlsson, however, has managed to create a style that is more his own by adding a slightly ethnic/folkloristic and humoristic angle and in effect a more diverse end-result.


Again, Lion Music have spotted another talent, and everything is perfect for a quiet evening with a book and not too many words from your loudspeakers.


That said, e.g. a track like Gate to Heaven turns out too sugary in an almost Gary Moore like fashion which is not at all to my liking. The same can be said of the way too disco funky Liberty City.


Objectively seen, this is a fine album – but, personally, I’m not happy with the ‘funny’ funky style Carlsson endorses.