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VITTJAR

Kaipa

 

Symphonic Prog

3.89 | 230 ratings

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DrömmarenAdrian
2 stars I was surprised only two persons had written revires of this album when so many had listened to it. Vittjar is their eleventh studio record and was released last year 2012. It contained a lot to like but unfortunately a lot to dislike too. With a nice cover and the definition symphonic I should be enlightened but after listening, I am not.

Like I use to do I will begin with what is good. We can clearly hear the musicians do a good job. They are coherent and some instruments are really nice like the guitar, the bass, the keyboards but especially Elin Rubinsztein's violin which saves this record from disaster. There is allways something good in these compositions and I shillyshally between like and dislike. I like the folk music influences, especially shown by the violin which are wonderful. They could have done much better music with those folk influences. The best track is "Vittjar". That is a short song, sung in Swedish and unlike every other track the vocals don't seem false. That song is recommended. The instrumentals "First distraction" and "Second distractions" are also good and I think the long song "Our silent ballroom band" is good. Here the vocals fit and even if the song is too protracted, it works without being too boring.

Though, mainly the songs are too long, unnecessary long. Dispite long symphonic intentions I find this music not challanging and not progressive. The feeling of this music being stuck in the studio is also too big for me. For me it's not authentic. There are prog rock I don't like but I still can see its authenticity. The worst things with modern Kaipa's music are the vocals. They are mostly terrible. I am sorry but I find them unsavory. It's hard to point out what's so bad but that's my opinion. Without vocals this could have been a solid three star rating or even four, but now I have to say two. Mind skillfull musicians, sometimes nice folky intentions and good intentions over all. But the result together with the vocals doesn't match the intentions.

People! Three reviews on the album isn't enough. Review and show what you think. Am I alone in my disapproval?

Best track: "Vittjar" 8/10 ? The only song in Swedish

DrömmarenAdrian | 2/5 |

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