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Crossover Prog

3.32 | 71 ratings

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4 stars KAYAK is IMHO simply a masterpiece with wonderfully inspired song writing, singing and instrumentation. "Merlin" is a concept album with KAYAK devoting the first five tracks being a musical interpretation of the Arthurian legend. All of the songs were composed by keyboarder Ton Scherpenzeel, co-founder and principal genius behind the group. The artistically poetic lyrics all over this album was composed by both Ton and Irene Linders. The early medieval atmosphere is captured quite well with the use of additional stringed and brass instruments - such as flute and banjo. On the whole the balance tips over decisively in favor of ballad oriented material, giving Edward Reekers and Ton Scherpenzeel every chance to show off their preeminence on vocals and piano. Without a question Niniane (Lady Of The Lake) is one of my favourite prog rock tunes of all time... a beautiful album right thru...
loserboy | 4/5 |


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