|Govi - Andalusian Nights|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by Jason Karsh|
|Tuesday, 26 January 1999|
Higher Octave Music
| Performance 8.5 | Sound 8.5 |
Taking into account that it’s all instrumental and guitar-based, this is a shockingly good album. If you’re unfamiliar with Govi (which wouldn’t surprise us in the least), the best analogy would probably be to think of The Gypsy Kings and subtract the pseudo-Spanish lyrics. In fact, in many ways, Govi takes what can be so overdone by the Gypsy Kings, removes it entirely, and turns out an impressive instrumental album. ‘Nights’ features many of the key elements needed to create a light, after dark listening experience. Most of the songs are over five minutes long and none of them are over-produced or subjected to overbearing accompaniment.
Somewhere between easy listening and island rhythms, ‘Nights’ is one of those albums that has the power to both move and relax an audience all within the same breath. This is something that is only aided by the quality recording job. Govi is recognized worldwide as a acoustic and flamenco guitar virtuoso and this album will do nothing to tarnish that reputation.