Hailed in major European magazines and newspapers, such as Stern, Bild and Focus as "a triumph", "a pop miracle" and "a masterpiece", it was also embraced by the likes of folk music magazine Folker writing that Ihlebæk "has managed to give folk pop a completely new dimension". Jazz Thing called it "so fine, so powerful", writing that you feel that this music was written to last.
As the first concert after the album release, The Guest was performed live in its entirety as part of the 40th anniversary of Oslo Konserthus. Ihlebæk and his ensemble will be heading for international stages and festivals in 2018. The album was produced by Christian Engfelt and Anders Tjore, and features Daniela Bauer, Nosizwe and Lars Horntveth.
Ihlebæk also works with a number for artists & producers, such as Fred Ball (Rihanna's "Love on the brain"), Torun Eriksen (Jazzland Recordings), Tommy Tee and Erlend Mokkelbost. He also composes music for film and television.