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Kaipa

 

Symphonic Prog

3.76 | 171 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Kaipa did a fine come back with their previous album "Notes from the Past" after a twenty years break.

The core duo (Lundin / Stolt) is still on the command and the music is even more TFK oriented. You'll get the fine vocal harmonies (thanks to Aleena), symphonic and jazzy atmospheres, fine guitar breaks (but less that in TFK) and an almost eighty minutes album. It must be a disease...

The start of the album is very catchy and promising. Both "Lifetime of a Journey" and "A complex Work of Art" do belong to the best of the band. So moving, all the way through. Even Patrik Lundström is convincing during his vocal work during the former song. Unfortunately, it is not the case any longer with "The Wheel of All Mankind" in which he starts to sing as sub-par Freddie Mercury. Not really needed IMO. I fully agree with Dan's review about this aspect of the album (and it will be more true with their next effort).

The deeper one analyses this album, the more one notices that there are almost no difference with a TFK album (except the vocals). I wonder why they released this project under the "Kaipa" umbrella. So similar. Too similar actually.

Same "Yes" oriented music overall, at times the emulation goes more into the KC direction like "End of the Rope" which is heavier and less melodic during the instrumental parts (with a very good drumming work) even if the finale is 100% in the TFK vein again.

So, it's really up to you: if you don't have enough TFK music, you might combine it with this work (and the previous one). But to be so cloned to a derivative band is a bit too much.

Still, this work is pleasant and I will rate it with three stars. A good TFK album. Sorry, "Kaipa" album.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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