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In their early years, KAIPA was one of Sweden's best Symphonic Prog bands. Roine STOLT from THE FLOWER KINGS was a member of KAIPA. Their albums contain mostly instrumental music, drawing its influences from classic progressive Rock bands (CAMEL, YES, GENESIS...), Classical music (BACH), and also Swedish Folk music.

The first three albums ("Kaipa", "Inget Nytt Under Solen" and "Solo") are beautiful and probably most representative of their style - dreamy Symphonic Rock with simple, yet very effective melodies and a great deal of emotion. "Notes From The Past" is their 6th studio album since 1975 and the first one since 1982. All colours of the unique KAIPA-music from the 70's are present but with a brand new collection of masterpieces. With the new album "Keyholder", Hans LUNDIN and Roine STOLT perform some new music, searching for a new level of progress, yet echoing fragments of the glorious 70's, trying to bring the new Kaipa-sound to a higher level. The melodies linger on and will probably stay with you for decades to entertain and to thrill. An essential band for fans of Symphonic progressive Rock!

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3.90 | 149 ratings
Kaipa
1975
3.94 | 156 ratings
Inget Nytt Under Solen
1976
3.93 | 132 ratings
Solo
1978
2.33 | 41 ratings
Händer
1980
1.80 | 40 ratings
Nattdjurstid
1982
3.81 | 149 ratings
Notes From The Past
2002
3.77 | 173 ratings
Keyholder
2003
3.19 | 108 ratings
Mindrevolutions
2005
3.44 | 127 ratings
Angling Feelings
2007
3.86 | 303 ratings
In The Wake Of Evolution
2010
3.89 | 213 ratings
Vittjar
2012

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4.10 | 22 ratings
The Decca Years 1975-1978
2005

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3.67 | 3 ratings
För Sent / Bay-e Bay-o
1974
3.67 | 3 ratings
Sen Repris / Visa i Sommaren
1978
3.33 | 3 ratings
Äntligen / Staden Lever
1980
3.00 | 3 ratings
Cellskräck / Bländad Ikväll
1982
3.19 | 22 ratings
Stockholm Symphonie
1993

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 Inget Nytt Under Solen  by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.94 | 156 ratings

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Inget Nytt Under Solen
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by FragileKings

4 stars Always on the lookout for more classic seventies prog, I was very interested in hearing what Kaipa sounded like. Their CDs, however, were not cheap, and so I chose this one only because it was the least expensive and easiest to order.

This album reminds me of some other prog albums of a few years earlier where a band would write a side-long song and use up much of their good ideas on this one track and then fill up the other side with shorter songs of varying interest. "Meddle", "Tarkus" and a couple of others that come to mind are all subject to praise for the epic number and criticism for the mixed bag of tricks on the other side.

The side-long epic track here, "Skenet Bedrar", goes through a few phases and changes and at times the band really cruises in the progressive "rock" field. When they are in full swing, I can't help but feel that they are simultaneously an excellent Swedish version of Yes and a long lost older incarnation of the Flower Kings (a young Roine Stolt contributed to the composing and plays guitar). The lyrics are all in Swedish with Ingemar Bergman and Hans Lundin providing the vocals. I don't know which one sings what, but the first vocalist sings in a register similar to that of Jon Anderson but seems to require more force to get the sounds out. The second vocalist sings a little lower but almost seems to shout his head off and on occasion he strays from the note. Though this adds a rock feeling of energy and power, I also feel it shows that he hasn't yet developed his talent as a singer. Vocals aside, most of the music is composed and performed as good as any classic Yes material. For my taste, there are still a couple of parts in the song that I don't really enjoy and I cannot say this song is worthy of ranking next to classics like "Close to the Edge" and "The Revealing Science of God". I bought this album a year ago and didn't listen to it much then; however, it recently has attracted my attention and I've been listening to this side-long track a few times more as well as the rest of the album.

Side two is composed of shorter pieces including two instrumentals, one of which, "Korstag", is rather good and the very short "Stengrodornas Parad" being slightly comical and sounding like one of those short compositions that fill the gaps between the good music of a Flower Kings album. In a way it sounds like an idea that was either shortened due to time constraints on the album or the idea didn't go or fit in anywhere. A third track, "Omson Sken" begins which a short lyric and then changes into an instrumental passage that sounds like the music in a voice-less Scandinavian children's animation. In an interview with the lead member (I've forgotten who that is) I read that Swedish folk songs were an influence in their compositions, so that might explain this part of the song. The title track is perhaps the best of the vocal tracks on side two, sounding like a more traditional song in structure and having more of the Yes style of music, even including a good chunky bass sound.

The reissue I bought is like a mini-record album that opens up with all the original text (in Swedish) and photos. A second bonus disc includes a re-mix of some of the tracks sung in English and some live performances of songs from this album and others. I thought I might like the English versions a little better but actually I don't. The original Swedish recordings have a better bass sound and the style of the vocals sound really different as the singers adjusted their approach to suit the language and audience. The live tracks are interesting for the music but the sound quality is not top notch and I find it a bit of a chore to get through listening to all the live songs.

I've had this CD for a year as I said and though I like it enough to consider buying at least one more 70's Kaipa album, the high price of imports and the songs and music that I didn't warm to have kept me from making that follow-up purchase. For prog effort I would give this four stars but for my own personal taste I give it three.

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 Vittjar by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.89 | 213 ratings

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Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by FemmeMetalWebzine

5 stars The Swedish folk/progressive rock has been with us since 1975. Actually Kaipa is a band with a pretty eclectic pallet and is hard to pin down to one category, although their progressive-ness is undeniable, there is also something very retro about Kaipa and their new album "Vittjar", it certainly has a 70's feel to it, but updated for 2012 of course.

"Vittjar" is Kaipa's 12th album and features 8-songs and well over an hour's worth of music. For the most part the songs are long progressive numbers with a few exceptions. The opening 3-minute instrumental "First Distraction" gives way to the 12-minute "Lightblue and Green". This is a pretty cool song that has a bit of a Queen feel to it and vocalist Patrik Lundstrom reminds me a bit of Freddy Mercury at times. There is a lot going on in this song, and even though it is rather lengthy, it doesn't seem like it is long at all. Up next is the epic of all epics, at 22-minutes long "Our Silent Ballroom Band" is by far the longest song on the album. "Our Ballroom Band" opens acoustically and accompanied by a flute as the sweet vocals of Aleena Gibson join in. Vocalist Patrik Lundstrom then comes in and pretty much takes over the song for awhile before Aleena returns and the two pretty much trade off vocals throughout much of this mammoth song. Some other highlights include "Vittjar" "A Universe of Tinyness" and "Treasure-House" which features Queen like vocal harmonies and turns into one of the best songs on "Vittjar".

With "Vittjar", Kaipa continues to think outside the prog box. It is unbelievable that all of these years later Kaipa has remained relevant (if not more so) in the progressive rock genre ? "Vittjar" is confirmation of that fact.

Review by Tony Cannella

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 Kaipa by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.90 | 149 ratings

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Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Kaipa" is the self-titled debut full-length studio album by Swedish progressive rock act Kaipa. The album was released through Decca Records in 1975. Kaipa were active from 1973 - 1982 and released 5 studio albums in that time. They reunited in 2000 and have released several studio albums since their reformation. The only constant member of the lineup has been Hans Lundin (keyboards/synths, vocals). Although not an active part of the band through their full history guitarist/vocalist Roine Stolt is probably the most prolific member of the band courtesy of his involvement in acts like The Flower Kings and Transatlantic. Stolt joined Kaipa in 1974, only 17 years old.

The music on the album is symphonic progressive rock influences by the likes of Genesis, Camel and occasionally Emerson, Lake & Palmer (there are quite a few classical leanings in the music). The lyrics on this album are in the Swedish language, which on occasion provides the music with an ethnic folky touch. The band are well playing, delivering a living organic performance. Lead vocalist Hans Lundin has a strong voice and is often backed up by harmony vocals and choirs. The combination works like a charm. The playing of the rythm section is solid and organic and the guitar playing by Roine Stolt surprisingly well played and intriguing considering his young age. It´s the keyboard playing by Hans Lundin that takes the prize here though. His choice of vintage keyboards like organ and harpsichord provide the music with a beautiful warm sound.

The material are well written and even better arranged. What may initially appear to be simple melodies, often possess a rare level of thematic sophistication. As a consequence this is not easy listening music, but the melodies are still accessible enough to be almost instantly recognisable and memorable. The music is generally in the more "soft" end of the symphonic progressive rock spectrum and works perfectly for both deeper listening experiences and for relaxation. The warm and organic sound production only further enhances the pleasant listening experience. "Kaipa" is overall a great symphonic rock album for fans of the more bright and uplifting side of the style. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

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 In The Wake Of Evolution by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.86 | 303 ratings

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In The Wake Of Evolution
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars Kaipa is a band which I have different opinions about. Their record "Vittjar" didn't affect me but this "In the Wake of Evolution" had been hard to leave. I have listened to it many times and love it partially. This is Kaipa's tenth record and its fifth after the reunion 2002. It lasts for 70 minutes and the line up is just professional musicians. I will rate it quite low to be honest to myself but perhaps I will higher it later on.

Kaipa do has some ingredients I like: skillfull musicians, a lot of folk music in the melodies and a high ambition to do symphonic music of this modern ages. But I can't get rid of the feeling that it is partially just extended and I do not really like Patrik or Aleena's voices all the time. "Electric Power Water Notes" which is the album's longest track is also the best, a wonderful mixture of folk and symphonic rock with themes you can't get tired of. Also "Folkia's first decision", the albums shortest work is very good, it feels honest and clear. "The Seven Oceans of Our Mind" works also well with the two vocalists and "In the Heart of Her own magic field" is a track where Aleena does a great job and its melody is sweeping and great.

I don't think any track is weak but something's stopping me from giving this record four stars. But as I wrote before, I have hard to leave this record and use to pick it up when I'm in the right mood, so future will tell if this rating was fair.

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 Keyholder  by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.77 | 173 ratings

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Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars Kaipa were one of the top Swedish bands of the Seventies, but split in 1982. Eventually guitarist Roine Stolt burst back onto the scene with the album 'The Flower King', formed a band to promote the album and the rest is history. In 2002 he rejoined forces with keyboard player Hans Lundin plus new members drummer Morgan Ågren (Zappa), bassist Jonas Reingold (Flower Kings) and singer Patrik Lundström (Ritual). They released 'Notes From The Past' and have now been joined by additional singer Aleena for their new work, 'Keyholder'. Given the history between Roine and Hans, it is probably not surprising that this album looks backwards far more than many other modern progressive bands.

Yes there are sections which come across as Flower Kings but that isn't surprising given that Roine writes for both, but this album has a much more Seventies feel to it. It is as if someone has taken bands such as Yes and Gentle Giant from that period and then thrown them straight into the modern arena and told them to get on with it. This album can be extremely intense or even light hearted ? Jonas has an extremely important part to play, as he has to switch between lead melody to background many times within certain songs, providing the bed rock for Roine and Hans. The use of Aleena as an additional lead vocalist has also given the band another melodic style, as her pure clear vocals contrast well with Patrik. On "A Complex Work Of Art" she shines, lifting the music to even greater heights.

I have been a critic of recent Flower Kings albums in that they can come across as just too long, with the impression of filler material but even though this album comes in at nearly eighty minutes (eight songs) that accusation just cannot be made this time. All progheads with half an ear to the classic period will find this a joy from start to end.

Originally appeared in Feedback #78, April 2004

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 Vittjar by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.89 | 213 ratings

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Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by 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

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 Inget Nytt Under Solen  by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 1976
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Inget Nytt Under Solen
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by Mr. Mustard

4 stars Kaipa's second album sees the band still toying with the sound of their debut, but in a more structured and focused manner. Inget Nytt Under Solen is probably equivalent sonically to their debut. In fact, nothing much at all is different here. But I believe the band uses their great songwriting abilities and musicianship a bit more effectively here.

The 22-minute epic 'Skenet Bedrar' is the obvious centerpiece of the album, which is able to deliver melody after melody while still having a sense of cohesiveness. Not to mention the multiple dynamic sound, tempo, and mood changes which make this a rather interesting song.

The remaining tracks are all great in their own right. 'Ömson Sken' and 'Stengrodornas Parad' are both light and fun tracks, with the former having little Marimba melody near the end, and the latter being short, but quirky. 'Korståg,' and the title track are probably the strongest, and definitely show the strongest influence from Roine for which his signature guitar sound is all throughout both. The latter also has a few melodies which would be later reused in Roine's solo debut The Flower King.

Overall, I believe this to be a slightly stronger effort than the debut, even though it still isn't ambitious as some of the classic prog or some of the Flower King's output. Whatever it lacks in this area it certainly makes up for in melodic prowess.

7/10

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 Kaipa by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 1975
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Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by Mr. Mustard

3 stars The eponymous deput from the band Kaipa represents one of Sweden's earlier ventures into prog rock, and is a probable answer to the Genesis and Yes of Britain. It also marks the first appearance of guitarist Roine Stolt, who has made his presence well known with bands like The Flower Kings and Transatlantic .

I noticed a few things initially about the album which make it rather unique. Firstly, in addition to the overall symphonic sound, there seems to be heavy use of classical influenced technique and sound throughout, such as the main theme of 'Ankaret,' and the Harpsichord use in 'Allting Har En B'rjan,' which is no doubt due to Stolt and company's admiration of music from that era.

Much of the album is instrumental, though vocals in the native language of Swedish do appear throughout most songs. I don't dislike the vocals for this reason; rather that they don't really add anything of interest, and seem mixed too loudly in parts.

Besides this, the music is pretty similar to existent prog of Britain and North America, often relying heavily on keyboards, highly mixed and wandering bass, and diverse song structures. The real treat here, however, is the myriad of pleasant melodies throughout. Albeit there isn't much in the way of complexity, but there is a non-stop flood of catchy riffs.

Overall, I believe this to be a very fine debut. As mentioned, it's filled with fun melodies and great musicianship throughout. However, I do not find it to be terribly adventurous. Therefore I would conclude by saying this is simply a pleasant, inoffensive album.

6/10

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 Notes From The Past  by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2002
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Notes From The Past
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars This record was a disppointment som I'm writing this review in affect. I liked Kaipa's old production and have listened to some newer stuff but am surprised how somebody can do so boring and soulless music. This record is too long, the haft had been enough because I don't like this songs.

The voices are whiny and not nice at all. They are too externalizing when It's not properly and the lyrics too are boring. Kaipa should sing in Swedish such in the seventies, perhaps it had been more interesting then, but only perhaps. This record which is Kaipa's comeback from 2002 is 79 minutes long and features Hans Lundin and Roine Stolt plus the later members Patrick Lundström, Jonas Reingold, Morgan Ågren and Aleena and Tove Törn Lundin. Yes it is hard for me to say something good about this record. It is flashy and not deep. Yes many songs has really good intentions but as a unity I feel totally bored about it. They should have consentrated more on doing great and a little bit odd compostions. Its a little hard to find what's progressive in this. Through this disc all tracks feel the same. Best on this record was "Folke's final decision" which was a nice track with symphonic feeling. But I wonder also why they were doing so many long tracks, I see no meaning with them. Long tracks can be som astonishing but these are just protracted.

As a conclusion, don't listen to this record, the prog world is full of much better material. We also have swedish progressive music with less well produced songs and weird music such as Arbet och fritid could be for example, it's much more interesting than this.

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 Keyholder  by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2003
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Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by sinslice

4 stars What a nice music! In particular I really enjoy the instrumental parts, the good coordination between the drums, bass and keyboards are evident and complacent. There is a great display in the implementation of these instruments, adding thoughtful guitar parts, without fanfare. My only criticisms are: the voices and the extent of the album. I do not enjoy too Aleena's voice and, regarding Lundström, sometimes I find acceptable and others are not, by their intonation. The chorus are fine.

The best parts are in: A Complex Work of Art, The Weed of All Mankind, Sonic Pearls and The End of the Rope. The rest is in tune, but it is very extensive hearing continued.

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