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4.00 | 231 ratings

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3 stars I was totally charmed by KAIPA's debut, and when I came across their second album - which has even better rating here - of course I had to buy it. Were my expectations too high? Maybe so. Though it's not a bad album in any sense, I feel a bit disappointed and don't listen to it too often. Whereas the debut had a sort of naiive innocence and somehow very Scandinavian feel to it, this one tastes like they took their progressiveness too ambitiously. They tried too hard. I'm not surprised to read from the leaflet that indeed the second album was harder to make. Even the title ("Nothing New Under the Sun") refers to the lack of inspiration on the way.

The five-part opener 'Skenet bedrar' is a good example of prog ambition taking over the natural beauty of music (which happens, IMO, very often with Flower Kings, the other band of Roine Stolt). Some of the shorter tracks are pretty good, and the undoubted talent of these players shines all over the album. But something is absent and I can't put my finger on it. The music doesn't fill me with joy like the debut.

The CD contains a lot of bonuses, but in fact it's mostly the main album tracks recycled: some are sung in English and 'Skenet bedrar' is played live. In the end those bonuses are not much worth. Anyway, I'd be glad to come across more KAIPA albums even if this one wasn't up to my expectations.

Matti | 3/5 |


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