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2 stars

There are stinkers like Timmar Av Glas on this album. But I found it an interesting listen. I really started to like the title track Nattdjurstid, but mainly on an outre rock level. The pulsing bass and saw mill guitar were really catchy. Skipping right over the aforementioned Timmar Av Glas , the next song that catches my interest is Zepapo. I like a little funk now and then. (Funk guitar can be pretty fun to play.) Of course, I like the wild distorted guitar and the interludes of spacey keyboards that make a little cool jazz interludes, which really make the song a better listen. Identitetkris starts out like techno pop, but it quickly adds some dischordant and fanfare keyboard motifs which kind of sound like something in the general area of Alan Parsons, Saga, some of what you could hear from Steve Hackett, and even kind of themes the Steve Morse might have played.

I have to say I don't mind the aggressive vocals nor the brief interludes of straight pop elements, because Kaipa here was pretty good about not just leaving you there. Inam oss has to be seen as pretty much an attempt at New Wave, which I don't think fails.

I remember the 80s as a prog fan. It was no surprise to see yet another band let you down and start producing something more current. And we heard a lot of "Our music has changed". So I can understand the disgust with this album. On the otherhand Kaipa wasn't ever a band I listened to. And the more aggressive tone I heard on this album surprised me, beacause Kaipa usually runs a little twee for me. I saw this come up in my Spotify recommendations, and I was giving it a couple of tracks, because I didn't recognize it, and the difference between what I expected and what I heard, and what I thought was interesting enough to spin through it a couple times.

I think it's really an interesting attempt to maintain some semblance of music integrity at the same time as trying to stay alive in the market. I'm pretty sure it's at this time that Kerry Livgren of Kansas started writing his per-album record-companies-suck-song, so I've always chalked it up to increased pressure by record companies on all fronts.

axeman | 2/5 |


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