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INGET NYTT UNDER SOLEN

Kaipa

 

Symphonic Prog

3.93 | 153 ratings

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infandous
3 stars 3.5 stars really

Kaipa's second album was the first one I heard from their original formation (I heard Notes From the Past and Keyholder before this one, from the more recent formation).

My main impression is that this is fairly "safe" prog from the 70's and reminds me most of Camel. It has a softness to it and a precision, yet seems to lack power and distinctiveness. This isn't necessarily bad, but this band didn't seem to break new ground. Of course, they do have a slight nordic tinge to the melodies and atmosphere, more than the current Kaipa or any of Roine Stolt's current projects. But aside from that, they are a fairly mellow, well constructed and carefully executed brand of symphonic prog.

I do like this album, but it does seem to lack a certain passion or fire (thought the vocals can get pretty passionate at times) . They seem like they are being very careful, which is a similar impression I get when I listen to much of Camel's 70's work. This is not a band that takes chances or experiments heavily. Still, the songs have some character and the band does have its own sound, more or less. Personally, I think the live version of the opening epic comes across much better than the studio version, so it's nice to have that one included as a bonus track. I'd very much like to hear more live material from this era of the band, especially the rest of the show that the bonus track in question comes from. I suspect this would give a better representation of the band than their studio work does. The other bonus tracks are just songs from the album sung in English, and not really worth more than a single listen.

All in all, an album I enjoy but don't pull out all that often. It is good if you want to hear the current bands roots, or if you want to hear Roine Stolt at an early stage in his career (I think he joined Kaipa at age 16......all things considered his performance is quite good, though certainly not at the level he has been at since the early 90's). For myself, I would consider it 4 stars because I'm glad it's in my collection, but for the archives I think 3 stars is more appropriate.

infandous | 3/5 |

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