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INGET NYTT UNDER SOLEN

Kaipa

 

Symphonic Prog

3.95 | 148 ratings

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Anthony H.
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4 stars Kaipa: Inget Nytt Under Solen [1976]

Rating: 7/10

Inget Nytt Under Solen is the second album in Kaipa's original trilogy of symph-prog splendor. While the self-titled debut was a very light and relaxing album of crisp Camelesque symphonics, this album is more complex and hard-edged. This is not to say that this is a dark album; far from it. Rather, Kaipa have incorporated new influences and dynamics into their synth-driven symphonic sound. Lundin's vocals are gruffer this time around, and the instrumentation is slightly less melodious. This is a subtle development, but it serves as a fantastic complement to the debut. Lundin's synths are absolutely monstrous; fantastic Hammond organ, Moog, and piano are omnipresent. Roine's guitar has a smaller presence here than it did on the debut, but he still has plenty of room to express his instrumental talent.

The 21-minute "Skenet Bedrar" is the centerpiece of the album. This is probably the most widely respected Kaipa track, and it certainly deserves this reputation. It's a monstrous piece that manages to combine constant variation with a sense of musical continuity and coherence. Every element of a good prog epic is present here: multi-movement compositional structure, climatic songwriting, and amazing musicianship (especially from Lundin). "Omson Sken" is a short cool-down from the epic track that preceded it. It begins with a soft synth solo, and then transitions into a simple yet brilliant motif played on the marimba. "Korstag" is a guitar-centered piece. Roine plays wonderfully, and Eriksson gets some room to show off his bass skills. "Stengrodornas Parad" is a brief piece of whimsical carnival music. The synth sounds are quite interesting. "Dagens Port" is another short track with soft vocals and phenomenal synth work. The title track closes the album. This a relatively heavy piece, with low synths and gruff vocals. Roine plays a phenomenal solo that ends the album perfectly.

Although I am one of the few fans who prefer the debut, there is no denying that Inget Nytt Under Solen is an impressive piece of work. "Skenet Bedrar" is a tragically overlooked prog-rock epic that should not be missed by any fan of the genre. It's both emotionally and intellectually satisfying. However, the album as a whole suffers a bit from "Tarkus Syndrome": The second half fails to completely live up to the first half's side-ling grandiosity. It's not that the second side is bad; it's just not as good. Regardless, this is a fantastic album that caters perfectly to my taste. It's difficult not to get lost in the soaring synth tones and the soulful guitar passages. Although Kaipa's second album is not a masterpiece, I would still consider it to be essential symphonic-prog listening.

Anthony H. | 4/5 |

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