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Symphonic Prog

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4 stars Some twenty-four years after having left "Kaipa", here is Roine again!

Actually, this is not truly a "Kaipa" reunion since only the duo Stolt-Lundin is represented. I have to say that it is pleasant to see both men working again together. IMHHO, "Kaipa" work after Roine's departure were average ("Händer") to poor ("Nattdjurstid") and this come back could be a good sign.

As soon as one listens to the title track (part one), which opens this album, TFK's influence is noticeable. But, originally "Kaipa"s style (at least in "Solo") was heralding what would later become TFK. The loop has been looped.

This album is 100% in the symphonic vein and it is true to say that Roine's mark is much more important here that during the early releases of the band (but he was so young at the time.).

One is projected during the whole length of this album (which clocks at almost eighty minutes, another TFK habit) into a beautiful world of melodies, fine guitar breaks of course and superb keyboards sounds of all kinds. At times, it is a real enchantment ("Leaving The Horizon") even if the similarity with TFK is annoying.

Vocals are real touching for most of the time and "Mirrors Of Yesterday" is a perfect example to illustrate this. The instrumental break (first the keys followed by some extraordinary and so melodic guitar) is just great. Another highlight of this very good album so far.

Even some short pieces ("In The Space Of A Twinkle" or "Folke's Final Decision") although not memorable, have their own merit (mostly thanks to the guitar work to be honest). But we're in for epics, aren't we?

So, let's get to "The Name Belongs To You", the second of its kind on this album. I have to say that "Leaving The Horizon" worked better on me. This one is too much jam / jazz-oriented to my ears. The guitar is wilder and not as polished: the whole sounds rather chaotic. It seems more to be a showcase for Roine. But too much is too much.

The beautiful vocals from Aleena (who will be the lead singer on their next album) are truly splendid. She brings "A Road In My Mind" to a high level, really. A wonderful and melodic song. Which is all the contrary of the long and dull "Organism". Ten minutes of a noisy and jazzy jam that leads nowhere, even if the finale is more atmospheric. Press next.

This fine album ends as it has started. "Notes From The Past" (part two) is just as pleasant as the intro. Melody, atmosphere...

In all, this is a very good album. I could have missed "Organism", for sure. But even so I rate this one with four stars. Symphonic prog lovers should appreciate this album but the relation with TFK's work is quite strong.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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