Stu­art ryan

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As well as be­ing one of Guitar Tech­niques’ long­est-serv­ing con­trib­u­tors, Stu­art is also one of the most sen­si­tive and in­ven­tive acous­tic play­ers around. So we’ve been ea­gerly await­ing this re­lease and it’s a knock­out. The open­ing track is Mr Leeb, Stu­art’s homage to his friend Thomas Leeb and another fab­u­lous player. It in­volves Thomas’s famed tap­ping style and is very ex­cit­ing to lis­ten to, par­tic­u­larly when cou­pled to Stu­art’s pre­cise fin­ger work. That qual­ity is also in ev­i­dence on Kora Song, which em­ploys a tech­nique where a card is wo­ven be­tween the strings for a kora-style per­cus­sive sound ooz­ing with ex­otic flavour. We also like his ver­sions of Fleet­wood Mac’s Al­ba­tross and Nir­vana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, both in­cluded here and given the en­light­en­ing Ryan treat­ment. The ti­tle track is a warm and lush af­fair and, like the rest of the al­bum, has a per­sonal qual­ity to the pro­duc­tion – it’s like hav­ing the man him­self in your liv­ing room, and that’s no bad thing when the mu­sic is this in­ti­mate and beau­ti­ful.

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