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INGET NYTT UNDER SOLEN

Kaipa

 

Symphonic Prog

4.00 | 214 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars Symphonic prog in all its splendour. This is what "Kaipa" delivered with this album.

While this band is mostly regarded because of Roine Stolt, one has to know that his role is much less dominant here than within TFK. Nonetheless, the filiation is there already, well ahead the genesis of the band.

So, yes: "Kaipa" has had a major influence on TFK's music. But when released, this album should have been quite a surprise! Unfortunately, these type of records didn't reach continental Europe (as far as I know), and the recognition of the band came much, much later.

There are some great songs, with wonderful instrumental passages like "Korstag". An emotional track almost wholly dedicated to the guitar of Roine. And the epic "Skenet Bedrar" is also of excellent quality. Not boring at all through these twenty-one minutes. High technicality, enjoyable melodies. Another highlight.

Unfortunately, this album also has its weaknesses. The useless "Stengrodornas Parad" for instance or the average "Omsun Sken". But these are only short parts and the damage is not too important.

Vocals are a little weak IMO; and it has nothing to do with the Swedish language. The title track is obviously a good illustration of this aspect. I prefer the melodic voice of Roine when he has a leading role (like within TFK). With "Kaipa", his singing was very limited but he was shining on the guitar ("Inget Nytt Under Solen").

I'm quite hesitant to rate this album. Three stars seem not enough and four are too much. But the decision is easier thanks to the bonus tracks which are much more than fillers.

"Awakening-Bitterness" for instance is again another great melodic moment (sung in English). Surprisingly, vocals during "How Might I Say." are quite good, emotional and again in English. Even the short "Gate Of Day" has its own merit (mainly guitar work.). The work of Roine still needs to be mentioned. He is again the one who lifts a song like "Blow Hard." from average to good.

There is also a shorter (live) version of their epic and opening number "Skenet Bedrar". Impressive but very delicate at the same time. Some might argue that to cut it by seven minutes was not the best treatment, but it doesn't shock me that much. It is always nice to get a bonus of this quality.

Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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