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KAYAK II

Kayak

 

Crossover Prog

4.02 | 90 ratings

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richardh
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5 stars Kayak are one of those bands that give me a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside. Prog can be steely cold and unwelcoming but Kayak much like their compatriots Focus are never that. Admittedly they couldn't be accused of being over ambitious either. There are no long sprawling epics. These are songs allbeit there is one of 9 minutes but thats a rarity for Kayak. Much of the goodness in their music comes from keyboard player Ton Sherpenzeel who is sort of cross between Rick Wakeman and Tony Banks style wise. Never as flashy as the caped crusader but he has his ability applied much more along the lines of Banks tastefull artistic approach. The band are as tight as you like. I like the druming of Pim Koopman very much. Straight foward and quite heavy but not lacking a few tricks here or there. Max Werner is also a very good singer and perfect for the songs. I would recommend this for anyone that likes song based prog with strong symphonic elements. The recent remaster has been lovingly done. Sounds great and there is an additional track Give It A Name. Kayak probably never bettered this album.
richardh | 5/5 |

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