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3.19 | 117 ratings | 16 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The dodger (8:09)
2. Electric leaves (4:13)
3. Shadows of time (6:50)
4. A pair of sunbeams (5:19)
5. Mindrevolutions (25:47)
6. Flowing free (3:53)
7. Last free Indian (7:27)
8. Our deepest inner shore (4:59)
9. Timebomb (4:32)
10. Remains of the day (8:02)


Total Time: 79:09

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Line-up / Musicians

- Hans Lundin / keyboards & vocals
- Roine Stolt / electric & acoustic guitars, percussion & vocals
- Morgan ?gren / drums
- Jonas Reingold / Fretless & Yamaha custom basses
- Patrik Lundstr?m / vocals
- Aleena / vocals

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CD InsideOut IOMCD 208/SPV 085-48332CD (2005)

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KAIPA Mindrevolutions ratings distribution


3.19
(117 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
12%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
37%
Good, but non-essential (41%)
41%
Collectors/fans only (9%)
9%
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)
2%

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Review by hdfisch
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3 stars Their new album is somewhat a bit weaker like its two predecessors although still having some strong parts. First of all the brilliant versatile epic title track and of course Roine's great guitar solos in tracks like "Remains of the day", "The dodger" and "Shadows of time". Anyway he's the one, together with Jonas Reingold on bass and ex-Zappa drummer Morgan Ågren who is saving the album from being completely mediocre. As usually with KAIPA's records instrumental sections are the best ones. Maybe vocal parts on this one are a little bit too much and especially Aleena's very high-pitched childlike voice is for sure not everyone's cup of tea. For me it's just on the border to be tolerated. At some parts, especially in the first few songs vocals are resembling too much a kind of pop jazz or soul. Absolute failures are "Our deepest inner shore" and "Timebomb". Still "Mindrevolutions" is thanks to Roine Stolt a rather good album, but probably not an essential one. For fans of this band it's for sure worth having it, for the title track alone.

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Posted Saturday, May 21, 2005

Review by lor68
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2 stars Sorry but this time the project from this large Swedish ensemble is almost completely failed (otherwise some defects characterized also their previous works...). Well I think of several music ideas by Roine Stolte and- as He's always been recognized that He 's a remarkable guitarist (especially during his recent gigs with Flower Kings and Transatlantic)- I expected something different!!First of all it's the same line-up as within their previous album "Keyholder", but the output is worse in comparison to it...then the role of the lead vocalist has been shared between Roine Stolt and Hans Lundin,but also between Patrik Lundström and Aleena, and this is the reason which has brought about a certain discontinuity in the melodic lines.A lot of light songs- being enriched with uneven rhytmical ballads under a light symphonic background- make me feel quite disappointed, except on a few good guitar solos creating a pleasant atmosphere but nothing else...in fact the compositions are often taken for granted and never surprising !!Of course the title track is better in comparison to the other songs, but as usual it's a bit prolix and often represented by several repetitive harmonic and melodic lines, whose mood is boring at the end... Absolutely for their fans only!!

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Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars It has taken me quite sometime - in real time scale: weeks - to solidify my thoughts about this new album by Kaipa. As in previous album review of the band, I mentioned that "Keyholder" was my first experience listening to the music of Kaipa. I did expect the follow up would sound the same or even better but I do not find it here with this album. In a nutshell, this album lacks coherence as compared to "Keyholder". Though, it's still an excellent stream of music that has truly favored my taste and has satisfied my mind. I might have been biased about it because I have been familiar with The Flower Kings music before and this album is very The Flower Kings-isque. For those who are not yet familiar with The Flower Kings, s/he might find this album a bit strange. But, I'm not saying that in order to enjoy this album you need a prerequisite of liking The Flower Kings - it may be the other way round: you enjoy Kaipa and willing to explore with The Flower Kings in your prog music journey.

In this album Hans Lundin writes most of the songs with some tracks (3) are co-written with Roine Stolt. It suffices to say the sheer influence of The Flower Kings in the music of Kaipa - a swedish band that was in the prog arena in the seventies and reformed back in 2002 with "Notes From The Past" album. The album and its follow up "Keyholder" were considered successful with some ripple effects which increase the sales of their seventies album. As in the previous album, Jonas Reingold plays his wonderful bass guitar. Ex Frank Zappa's drummer Morgan Ågren also join in this album plus two vocals by Patrik Lundström and Aleena.

The opening track "The Dodger" (8:09) reminds me to The Flower Kings with stunning guitar solo and floating music in style. The tempo of the song is slow-medium with a good combination of Patrik's voice, guitar and inventive bass lines. "Electric Leaves" (4:13) has a tiny influence of King Crimson at the beginning but when it continues with guitar solo and Aleena's vocal it sounds differently. "Shadows of Time" is a nice slow- medium tempo song with excellent guitar solo and powerful vocal by Aleena. "Mindrevolutions" (25:47) is a very well written epic, opened with singing verse by Aleena. It has strong influence by jazz, rock (through some riffs), combining excellent guitar solo, bass lines and keyboard work. Patrik contributes his singing as well throughout the track.

Definitely, this is not better than Kaipa's previous album "Keyholder". However, this album has all the qualities of an excellent musical creation in terms of composition (structure and arrangement), songwriting and overall performance. With mys experience listening only these two albums of Kaipa, I want to explore my collection with their early works as well. Recommended. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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Posted Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Review by b_olariu
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars I've tried to listen at once this album, because the previous one was mediocre in every way, but i couldn't, the formula of the first two modern Kaipa albums (as opposed to the 70's version of the band) seems to have run its course here.Everything on this album runs together and there is nothing in the individual tracks that makes any of them memorable after hearing them. Another borind and forgetable Kaipa album from the new era, another bad thing is Patrck's style is irritating to the bone here on this album, just my opinion regard to this album. Again, avoid this one along with Keyholder, not worth it, in stead try the first 3 Kaipa, the best that this band ever made. 2 stars

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Posted Thursday, June 14, 2007

Review by progrules
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2 stars Being in the presumption that this Kaipa still had a lot to do with Kaipa of the seventies I bought this album. Well, not that I'm too familiar with that ancient Kaipa but I checked out the streamsong Se Var Morgen Gry one day and it sounded pretty much ok to me. Second reason for buying this album was the presence of a huge epic of some 25 min. Most of the time these are worthwhile and maybe there was even a third reason and that was the connection with my all time favourite band Flower Kings.

Three good reasons you would think but at the end of the day it's all about this Kaipa right now and what kind of compositions they come up with. First: this Kaipa has nothing to do with Kaipa of the seventies, well nothing, Lundin and Stolt were in it back then and they are with the band still but actually that's all. Because the compositions have no comparison with those of the old days. It's mainly the vocals that make all the difference. With no less than 4 out of the 6 bandmembers being responsable for nowadays vocals it is no surprise that these are dominant in all the songs. In fact it's not even the problem that they sing poorly but they (particularly Lundstrom and Aleena) have a bit of those love or hate kind of voices (listen to the first two minutes of the epical title track and you will know what I mean). Probably they have their fans out there nevertheless but alas I'm not one of them.

In fact that sums up the whole story for me about the rating because this aspect is setting the standard and judgement for me in this case. Instrumentally there's not much wrong with most of the songs and the compositions are not bad either but as I said, if the vocals determine some 75% of the sound of the band and album, the rest can be as good as possible but it can not be saved any more. For me it's a sort of deja vu for what I did with the Shakary album, didn't like his voice either and the rest actually didn't really matter any more.

Sounds harsh but the truth has to be said. For if because of it all you don't even feel like playing the disc anymore it's not possible to come up with a higher score than 2 stars. Good lesson for me as well to not buy too quickly anymore without even listening in the store and going blind for it due to some presumptions.

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Posted Friday, March 14, 2008

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars I guess that this "Flower King" album was recorded prior to 1991 and only released in 2005 for whatever reasons. It is quite remarkable to have decided Freddie Mercury to join on the vocals. One was not used to hear his voice on a symphonic prog album.

I have to say that it is quite interesting to listen to him in an epic as "Mindrevolutions", but he is also in great shape while performing on "Remains Of The Day". Of course, he is not perfect, but he had to adapt to a new musical genre quite rapidly; and unfortunately he won't be able to repeat this challenge. RIP, Freddie.

Apart from that, this TFK offering is not very different from the other ones. This is fine and symphonic music which reminds you some of the giants from the seventies (nothing new, right?), emotional guitar solo, nice keyboards etc.

The major problem is that there is almost no diversity in the song writing; which is condemning this (very) long album. There is not a single bad track (although I don't like "The Doodger") and if you're not too much of an old reluctant regressive music hunter, there are lots of possibilities that this work will appeal to you.

Actually this TFK album deserves two stars for his many very good instrumental and female vocal passages, but when Freddie's clone is on duty, my interest is lying quite low ("A Pair Of Sunbeams", "Shadow Of Time" for instance).

Oh "Yes", this is a "Kaipa" album. I almost mix it up with TFK. I wonder why!

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Posted Thursday, September 11, 2008

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars I don't really understand the low ratings this album got. After I listenined to Mindrevoltuions several times all I can say is that it is very good most of the time, excellent in parts. Ok, it is not the best Kaipa efford I've heard, but it is far from bad or mediocre. In fact, I'm still in awe of how good their releases are since the triumphant come back of Notes From The Past. What are people here complaining? It sounds like the Flower Kings? I don't really think so, but even then, so what? I like the Flower Kings. The album is too long? My God, I wish other prog bands had so much talent to write a 79 minute CD like this! I found none of the flaws others have pointed, I'm sorry.

What I found here is the same fine melodies, great musicanship of all involved, creative and tasteful arrangements, some interesting vocals (ok, maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but still very well done. I liked the alternating male and female voices here). The production is excellent and the songwriting, if not on their peak, it is quite inspired. I found no fillers on this album and the 25 minute opus of the title track is one of Kaipa's best epics ever. Lush vintage keyboards sounds and fine guitar solos are present in generous doses. The rhythm section is strong and versatile (some may say that the omnious Jonas Reingold is a bit repetitive at times, but that does not bother me, he is an accomplished bassist and his style suits well in Kaipa).

It's my guess people just expect too much from such genius as Roine Stolt and Hans Lundin. This album may have nothing really new or groundbreaking, but it is still excellent in all other aspects. And to me, this fine, well craft symphonic progressive set of tunes is well above of at least 90% of what is called new and original nowadays. If you like strong and inspired, 70's influenced , prog music, Mindrevolutions is recommended.

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Posted Saturday, September 20, 2008

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
3 stars I suppose a letdown had to happen. Given this band's history, after two great albums in a row to start their comeback in the new millenium, Kaipa release, not a stinker by any means, but something far less than their previous two albums.

The album starts in a promising way. An interesting intro turns into a bluesy number. Not too bad, but that gives way to bland arena rock. And that's just the first song. Most of the remainder of the album is similar. There are some interesting sections, but the verses and choruses sound like they were hastily written to fill time.

The primary redeeming value to this album is the title track. At twenty five minutes, it certainly qualifies as a prog epic. While it too has some bland sections, it is mostly good, including a guitar solo that gives the impression that Rione Stolt was temporarily channelling the spirit of Allan Holdsworth.

Good, but we know this band can do better.

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Posted Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Review by Anthony H.
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4 stars Kaipa: Mindrevolutions [2005]

Rating: 7/10

Mindrevolutions is the third album Kaipa released after their reformation. This album has received tepid reception from the much of the progressive-rock community; some speculate that Roine was so displeased with it that he decided to leave after its release. I've spend a lot of time with Mindrevolutions, and I can't understand why it has such a poor reputation. I consider it to be on par with - and, in some cases, superior to - its excellent predecessor Keyholder. Granted, there are flaws here: the songwriting is a bit homogenous, and Aleena Gibson's vocals can be difficult to stomach at points. However, there are many fantastic and memorable songs here, the musicianship is absolutely spectacular, and the different pieces flow together enormously well.

"The Dodger" is a heavy opener with excellent guitar/synth interplay. Lundstrom's vocals sound great here, and the song works itself into a fitting climax. "Electric Leaves" is a short and slightly bluesy rock song. I don't love the vocal work on this track, but Roine's absolutely superb guitar playing makes it great. The subdued "Shadows of Time" actually features a decent vocal performance from Aleena, despite the fact that I normally hate her voice. "A Pair of Sunbeams" is a funky song with phenomenal bass playing from Jonas. The title track is an enormous 26-minute epic. It's the centerpiece of the album, and it succeeds quite well. There are some grating vocals here, but the vast majority of this track is top-notch symph-prog, with fantastic instrumental interplay and developed compositional ideas. Jonas's bass playing is particularly impressive. The short and somber "Flowing Free" is a nice cool-down from the epic that preceded it. "Last Free Indian" is another somber track with emotive acoustic guitar and poignant lyrics. This is a sad track that is actually rather moving at points. "Our Deepest Inner Shore" is the most lackluster piece here. There nothing here that stands out. "Timebomb" features some excellent bass work, but isn't terribly interesting otherwise. "Remains of the Day" closes the album. Lundstrom and Lundin both sound great here.

While I can understand it flaws, Mindrevolutions in no way deserves its mediocre reputation. This is not a symphonic-prog masterpiece by any means, but it is a solid piece of work with no shortage of awesome tunes. The title track is an excellent epic with numerous memorable moments, and the shorter pieces - "Electric Leaves" and "A Pair of Sunbeams" in particular - are just as strong. Every musician gets a chance to shine, and they all do so quite well. My biggest turn-off here is Aleena's vocals, but I understand that this is completely subjective; I don't like her voice, but there isn't anything wrong with it. Overall, this is an excellent release that shouldn't offend any fan of melodic prog. There are countless albums that I would recommend over this, but that doesn't mean that it is a bad release.

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Send comments to Anthony H. (BETA) | Report this review (#573795) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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3 stars MINDREVOLUTIONS is that thind of the album of ywhich ou have great expectations from ,but in the end ,you feel a little musical dissapointment,because it let a bitter taste everywhere!It'a a paradox...because It has all the ingredients for something really good-but,unfortunatelly,the final re ... (read more)

Report this review (#265897) | Posted by Ovidiu | Saturday, February 13, 2010 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I've tried to like this album. I like the previous two well enough, and this seemed promising having a big 25 minute epic on it. But the formula of the first two modern Kaipa albums (as opposed to the 70's version of the band) seems to have run its course here. Everything on this album runs to ... (read more)

Report this review (#105359) | Posted by | Wednesday, January 03, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Tapeworm my doubts as far as the production to new production KAIPA, but quickly disappeared when listening this fantastic album, it did not disappoint to which they liked the previous works "You notice From The Past" and "Keyholder", I I even thought that they would not be surpassed thus same ... (read more)

Report this review (#88647) | Posted by Shelket | Friday, September 01, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Mindrevolutions was my first listening experience with Kaipa. I am no big fan of Roine Stolt`s The Flower Kings, but this one I found very interesting. The 25 minute title track is alone worth the money I spent buying it . The rest of the tracks ranges from great to ok, A Pair Of Sunbeams is the ... (read more)

Report this review (#75120) | Posted by Rhaegar | Sunday, April 16, 2006 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Kaipa's previous albums of 2002 and 2003 were quite good, I like them and expected the new album to be as good. But I have to say Mindrevolutions has disappointed me very much. It seems that the group has run out of ideas this time. Mindrevotultios should be called Keyholder part II or rather ... (read more)

Report this review (#37756) | Posted by Yurkspb2 | Monday, June 27, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Kaipa has developed their own unique style in the symphonic prog camp over the last years, and this release is a fine follow-up to the well-received 2003 album Keyholder. The 26-min long title track is a true achievment, a symphonic masterpiece with loads of exciting instrumental passages. The ... (read more)

Report this review (#35470) | Posted by | Tuesday, June 07, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Musicaly and technical a great album worth 4 stars or more, personaly I'm not to thrilled with the vocals on it though, bringing it down to 3 stars IMO, still an album definately worth buying and listening to due to it's crisp and enjoyable melody lines and soundschemes, if you like Kaipa it must ... (read more)

Report this review (#34791) | Posted by | Thursday, May 19, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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