Norweigan guitar virtuoso
Roger Pedersen's previous album 'Kernels in a
Popcorn Machine' was an epic and different music
experience. Very orginal shredding and almost in the
jazz funk rock folder with very advanced guitar
playing. It's interesting to compare this brand new
album 'More is More' and see in what direction this
string bender from Haugesund is pointing his guitar
neck this time around. Immediately in the very first
tracks, it's clear that Pedersen has one of the
fastest hands I've ever heard from a guitar act.
Fast is not equal to good in my ears, but it is
certainly an interesting musical craftsmanship.
The songs are all instrumental except the last track
on the album, where Johannes Stole is singing. Roger
is playing all the instruments himself except the
drumming (Todd Sorensen).
To summarize the music in a sense "advanced guitar
acrobatics with melodies" a good summary. It's not
any heavy improvisation jazz music, which I find
very difficult to listen to. No it's nice musical
harmonies and with fast proficient sliding on the
If you like extreme, skilful guitar playing and want
it in a package with some kind of melodies, this is
an album you can try to get in your collection.
Personally I usually get bored by this kind of
instrumental albums with too much of the goodies,
but Roger Pedersen has put together a nice mix of
tracks with different flavours on the disc. I really
like the closing track on the album 'Say My Name'. I
had appreciated more songs with vocals from the
talented Johannes Stole, but maybe on the next album
I get what wish for?
Anyway, an enjoyable acquaintance to me.