Published June 14, 2011
Tryggvi Hübner is an accomplished guitar player. He’s tactful, tasteful and many other positive adjectives that end in -ful. And he’s skilled as a motherfucker. But here’s the kicker: his ambitious and dynamic record is so harmless and diluted that it goes by without you noticing, making Mannakorn sound like the Melvins in comparison. Nine instrumental originals and two covers, including Free’s ‘Wishing Well’ do little to put fire under this particular ass.
This is music scored for advertisements geared toward pensioners looking into retirement plans. There’s not much else to say about it unless you want to talk about individual performances (which all are amazing) by his schooled comrades that make up his band or if we desire to dissect the production. But I wont, because you can already predict how it all goes.
Music this lush and controlled poses no challenge for the listener, and at the same token it is not very comforting either because there’s nothing to grab onto. With not a hint of ambiguity and absence of any gusto it fizzles out into obscurity.