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SAIKO

Quidam

 

Neo-Prog

2.72 | 57 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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2 stars 2.5 stars, really. It was quite a depressing experience listening to this album. Thatīs because I could not hear Saiko without recalling all the time how good a prog band they once were. A friend borrow me this CD and I decided to give it a shot. I heard it several times over the last few weeks and still it didnīt move me. Not that it is bad per se: in fact, if you like the alternative/pop style chances are youīll probably enjoy Saiko very much (if you donīt mind the fact that most of the material is sung in polish. Only the ballad Walec is in english, despite its title). Itīs all very nice and well performed and produced. And certainly they reversion to polish lyrics is a plus. And still itīs also miles away from what they could do when Emila Derkowska fronted the band. The prog elements are all gone, except for the flute interventions and bits and a few nice guitar parts, plus some fusion. Itīs hard to figure out what theyīre aiming at: The music here is a bit too complex and jazzy to the alternative/pop audience and the polish lyrics will not endear them to the american market.

All in all, a good alternative album, with no bad tunes to be found anywhere However, due to their glorious past, I found it hard not to be sorry for the great loss that was when they gave away their symphonic/folk prog sound. For a band that gave us such wonderful albums as Quidam and The Time Beneath The Sky, Saiko is really a let down. They should have changed their name along with the style and the line up.

Tarcisio Moura | 2/5 |

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