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2 stars Even though KAYAK from Netherlands had some symphonic prog flavours especially on their earliest albums, their music had very clear pop tendencies right from the start, and naturally the pop side pretty much took over from prog during the seventies. Perhaps one could use the term symphonic pop with keyboard-oriented bands such as Kayak, Supertramp, The Alan Parsons Project, ELO, certain phaces of Procol Harum, etc. The A-side song of this single comes from Kayak's debut album See See the Sun (1973).

'Lyrics' sounds rather sweet - I mean, actually really too sweet - as a highly melodic song with an emphasis on piano. It's not exactly sentimental or emotional, more like playful and witty. The fast-paced notes keep jumping up and down. I'm not fond of it, because of the zaccharine taste.

The B-sider 'Try to Write a Book' wasn't originally included on the album, but appears on the reissue of it. My initial reception was "What a silly little song with horrible singing", but it deserves a closer listen. It's only two minutes short and yet it manages to be quite progressive. It has some resemblance to the psychedelic side of The Beatles ('I Am the Walrus', etc.). It has a monotonously beating but funnily twisted rhythm pattern. Luckily it's not plain humour music, just mock-serious black humour and wit. In the end, this song is slightly more interesting than the sweet 'Lyrics'.

Two stars will do, without any speculation whether the single would be a valuable rarity if you saw it on sale (possibly so).

Matti | 2/5 |


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