«There are many elements flowing together in the sound of the Norwegian Andreas Ihlebæk: Folk music and soul, but also neoclassical with weight on choral arrangements, even church music. All in all, The Guest is a wunderverk».
«It feels so good to hear a musician like Andreas Ihlebæk who breaks new ground. With this, he has succeeded in creating a masterpiece».
«Ihlebæk manages to gives to give folk pop an entirely new dimension. He is like a songwriter for Nils Frahm fans. The result is intelligent pop music, beyond comparison. With The Guest he has simply made a masterpiece».
- FOLKER MAGAZIN
«Ihlebæk succeeds in creating a quiet room for reflection through his unusual and challenging blend of jazz, classical, church music and Norwegian folk music. Wonderful.
- STEREO MAGAZINE
«So fine. So powerful. You can feel that the Norwegian with these intimate songs wanted to create something lasting».
- JAZZ THING
«There still exist surprises in the world! Andreas Ihlebæk delivers an exquisite and fascinatingly well-sounding chamber pop album».
«The Norwegian proves that the most unique singer-songwriter works don’t come from the US and Great Britain. His debut The Guest is another triumph for the pop periphery».
- ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
«Ihlebæk accomplishes blending just the right dose of jazz, classical, soul, Norwegian folk music and choral music... and all this in a debut album».
«The following as a warning: This is not background music you listen to while pursuing other activities. You should concentrate on these fluid, sometimes hymnically roaring, and often long songs...with influences from Chet Baker, Burt Bacharach and Brian Wilson in the comprehensive sound of the singer and pianist Ihlebæk. One can also add George Gershwin and Jeff Buckley (especially vocally) as reference points».
- HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT
«The Guest is simply a masterpiece. Astoundingly beautiful».
«The Guest is am intense and serious experience, where Andreas Ihlebæk combines evocative piano music with solid doses of alternative soul and gospel, as well as elements of Norwegian folk music into his unique sound, which he himself calls «fjellsoul».
- DAGENS NÆRINGSLIV
«A Norwegian giant! Ladies and gentlemen, this is ultimate world class». - GINZA
«The singing pianist sings with an impressive voice like Nick Cave and John Cale, combines it with Nordic folk- and church music, while making you feel like you’re back in the days of classical «liederabends» with Franz Schubert and Charles Ives». - JOURNAL FRANKFURT
«The musical highlight of the year». - NPS MUSIC
«Simply listen to these eight song-artworks». - FOCUS MAGAZIN