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KERRS PINK plays a Progressive rock music mixing Scandinavian folklore and refined English art-rock music like CAMEL ("Mirage" era). It also includes fabulous dialogs between three guitars, a flute and two keyboards. "Tidings" (2002) is its fifth album, with a new lead singer (And splendid female backing vocals), and a new keyboardist added to F. RUUD's keyboards. The band's music has always been a clever and subtle mix of Scandinavian folk music (Some melodies and rythms), and Progressive rock music. The themes are stamped by their great melodic and instrumental beauty with nice guitar soli and keyboards parts: mixing influences like CAMEL or PINK FLOYD amongst others.

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Mystic SpiritMystic Spirit
Audio CD$61.05 (used)
Art Of Complex SimplicityArt Of Complex Simplicity
Import
Musea 1997
Audio CD$16.50
Mellom OssMellom Oss
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Musea 1981
Audio CD$12.55
$7.76 (used)
Kerrs Pink by KERRS PINK (2001-01-01)Kerrs Pink by KERRS PINK (2001-01-01)
Musea
Audio CD$178.00
Tidings by Kerrs Pink (2004-01-01)Tidings by Kerrs Pink (2004-01-01)
Musea Records France
Audio CD$82.98
Art Of Complex Simplicity by Kerrs Pink (1997-08-02)Art Of Complex Simplicity by Kerrs Pink (1997-08-02)
Musea
Audio CD$179.00
A Journey On The Inside by KERRS PINKA Journey On The Inside by KERRS PINK
Musea
Audio CD$63.94
Mellom Oss by Kerrs PinkMellom Oss by Kerrs Pink
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TidingsTidings
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Musea Records France 2006
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$12.95 (used)
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Musea 1980
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3.43 | 29 ratings
Kerrs Pink
1980
3.75 | 43 ratings
Mellom Oss
1981
3.75 | 30 ratings
A Journey On The Inside
1993
3.86 | 39 ratings
Art Of Complex Simplicity
1997
2.93 | 22 ratings
Tidings
2002
3.94 | 52 ratings
Mystic Spirit
2013

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1979

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 Tidings by KERRS PINK album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.93 | 22 ratings

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Tidings
Kerrs Pink Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

2 stars "Tidings" includes the most epic length tracks of any KERRS PINK album, while it is somewhat paradoxically their most vocal oriented opus up to that point. This theoretically allows the band to communicate its generally mystical themes in more detail and enhances opportunities for instrumental development.

Melody and arrangement remain central priorities, and breaks in the CAMEL vein abound, but the band has attempted to modernize. This is chiefly apparent in the frequent deployment of 3 female vocalists, to rather different effect than the innocent clarity of "Magic Mary" from the 1980s. The style deployed is more R&B like. While the contrast was probably intended to jolt the band out of its comfort zone, it is completely at odds with the general laid back ambiance, with phrasings repeated ad nauseum, This utterly grounds the potential of "Shooting Star" and "Moments in Life", and severely hampers the propitious "Mystic Dream", which really should have been bisected for the betterment of all.

On the plus side, In "Tidings from a Distant Shore", the band stamps a shanty sing along on a plodding prog epic, brilliantly so. "Yumi Yeda" might be even better, its lyrical imagery gliding atop a series of contrasting, dignified arrangements, with just a little hyperextension. If I may transgress by looking ahead a dozen or so years, the themes conveyed on this disk runneth over to the subsequent release "Mystic Spirit", but more on that later, elsewhere.

With "Tidings" KERRS PINK takes an emphatic step in the wrong direction; it's awesome when a band finds a groove and rides it out, but this is a metaphysical journey with an overabundance of bum steers at the least favorable juncture. 2.5 stars, rounded down.

 A Journey On The Inside  by KERRS PINK album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.75 | 30 ratings

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A Journey On The Inside
Kerrs Pink Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

4 stars This mid period release by Norway's national progressive folk treasure was the first to include English vocals, including a few welcome guest spots by the bell-like Heidi Drengsrud Jahren. Moreover, it's the only entry in their discography with lighthearted, even humorous moments, while at the same time pushing the folk aspects to the fore. As a result, this is their most diverse effort, occupying new territories while remaining steadfast to their singular spirit and drive.

The 18 tracks in this typically extended KERRS PINK project are divided almost alternately into instrumentals and songs, with one preternatural epic that is alone worth the price of entry. It's called "Rubicon", and it is a pivotal climactic piece which unites the loose late coming of age concept of the opus. Musically, it alternates between simmering emotive vocals not dissimilar to what CLANNAD achieved on their classic "In a LIfetime", tender acoustic guitar figure bolstered by a tasty syncopated rhythm, and a tense hard rock riff, still backed by jangly acoustic guitars, and occasionally overlaid by organ.

Other powerful vocal tracks include the admonishing "Kingdom of Nothing" and the Celtic rock influenced "Showdown" with superb tin whistle atmospherics by Tore Johansen, Offsetting them with the lighter fare in the form of "The Voice Inside Your Heart" and the caution to the wind of "Downtown Happy-Go-Lucky Bunch" renders both more poignant and eloquent. Among the smorgasbord of instrumentals, "The Initiator" plays to the acoustico-electric strengths of the band better than any other, but many of these pieces serve more to bridge the narrative and capture atmosphere.

"A Journey on the Inside" may be the most complete effort to date by KERRS PINK, and it marks an assertive step out of the shadows of some of the better known bands to which they are indebted, worthy of its own followers.

 Kerrs Pink  by KERRS PINK album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.43 | 29 ratings

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Kerrs Pink
Kerrs Pink Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars Replete with gorgeous guitar solos and occasionally assertive keyboards and flutes, this debut by Norwegian legends KERRS PINK reflects the maturity of a band that has held back 8 years worth of material and is done holding back. Sumptuous lead guitar melody follows sumptuous lead guitar melody so closely that the heels of the first often step on the toes of the second. Roughly half the tracks have vocals, but they are, for the most part, no more assertive than the occasional flute or organ passage. Similarities to early CAMEL are unmasked at this point in their career, although, apart from a poorly integrated graft of "Rhayader Goes to Town" on "Sirrus", these influences are unobtrusive.

Where KERRS PINK distinguish themselves to some degree is in their incorporation of Nordic folk melodies into the modern arrangements. Even here, the prettiness is spread a little wide and rarely pierces the surface virtually lacking in tension. Almost any cut could be transferred to a compilation album with minimal spillage and be a highlight, but in each others' company they are like store bought lingon berries, tasty but best partaken in small doses lest one succumb to their less desirable effects.

It is easy to point out a highlight - the brilliant "If I'm still here next year" is an entirely arresting blend of WISHBONE ASH, OUGENWEIDE, early HOELDERLIN and late NOVALIS, with some EDEN (Germany) thrown in. It's a shame they didn't write more "songs" of this nature that establish a groove, for want of a better term, which is a skill long ago mastered by their heroes with humps. The opening two tracks are also noteworthy, the first for its appealing almost Slavic melody, the second for the thrust of lively vocals towards the end, a skill they would hone on mid period releases.

I don't mean to beat a dead camel but this comely disk is far less than the sum of its parts, and for that reason I round down from 3.5 stars

 A Journey On The Inside  by KERRS PINK album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.75 | 30 ratings

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A Journey On The Inside
Kerrs Pink Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars By the time of the release of ''Mellom oss'' Kerrs Pink were already falling into pieces.Lytomt and Fundingsrud left the band to form another group called Mantra and by early 82' Kerrs Pink were history.During the 80's Lytomt was also involved in Foxtrot, but the emergence of Musea gave Kerrs Pink back a breath of life.In 1989 the band reformed with old members Jostein Hansen, Harald Lytomt, Torild Johansen and Tore Fundingsrud with newcomer Per Oyvind Nordberg on keyboards/vocals (also a member of Mantra) due to the interest of the French label in re-releasing their early works.In early-90's ''Monday man'' was recorded, heading for the Musea compilation ''7 days of a life'' and by May 93' 20 tracks were mastered, heading for a third album.18 of them made it to ''A journey on the inside'', which was released the same year.

Keeping part of their old stylings and updating their sound, Kerrs Pink returned with an album following their past principles of smooth Symphonic Rock, but this time they pronounced their folky touches.They appear as a cross between post-90's YES, CAMEL, KAIPA and MIKE OLDFIELD during the first running hour, passing through dreamy, epic atmospheres, rural soundscapes filled with Nordic melodies and light symphonic moods, where the music alternates between acoustic and discreet electric guitars with flutes supporting and electric passages with cool moves and nice keyboard parts performed on organ and synthesizer.The vocals are performed in English, featuring a guest female singer and end up to be pretty emotional.The combination of symphonic and Nordic influences works pretty well, but the album lacks the beautiful melodies displayed in ''Mellom oss'' and some moments in here sound a bit thin, despite the good arrangements.Fortunately a decent work becomes pretty strong at the very end, as the best is left for last.The 11-min. ''Rubicon'' is a nice piece of Folk-tinged Symphonic Rock with great vocals and melodies, interesting organ and guitar battles and occasional breaks into Scandinavian tradition, featuring overall a more complex and demanding sound.''Delirious'' is an absolute surprise, recalling PALLAS and featuring flashy, symphonic synthesizers and standard Neo Prog melodies in the guitar solos over clean and expressive vocals.The piano melody is reminiscent of MARILLION's ''Lavender''.''Epilogue'' is a fantastic, melancholic outro, recalling KAIPA, CAMEL and FOCUS, with a stunning melody on guitar and a strong Classical/Nordic feel, monster exit, despite its mellow style.

A succesful comeback by all means.Melodic, atmospheric Symphonic Rock with big time Nordic/Folk influences, pretty great album regarding the year of its release and the period difficulties concerning progressive music.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 Mystic Spirit by KERRS PINK album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 52 ratings

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Mystic Spirit
Kerrs Pink Prog Folk

Review by Katsuhisa

4 stars Real "progressed" music for the band

Listening to their music from the first album, I can say that this 6th is really progressed music for the band. It is obvious that the vocal changed the atmosphere of their music, but still you can hear that norwegian trad melody in the guitar solo which is their trademark. In short, their music has become some of the global prog standard especially in musical structure. In this sense, young prog listeners may get deep into it than the senior prog fans. I am part of the later, but I am repeating the album now. My score is 4.5 stars.

 Mystic Spirit by KERRS PINK album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 52 ratings

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Mystic Spirit
Kerrs Pink Prog Folk

Review by emperorken

5 stars Wow, what a thrill it is discovering a new album that one cannot get enough of. Such is the case with Kerrs Pink latest effort, Mystic Spirit. Honestly I was totally unaware that this band has been around for over 30 years as this is the first I have heard from them.

This website classifies them as prog-folk, but I would have to disagree with that classification. I would call this more crossover or symphonic. as it is driven mostly by electric guitar and keyboards with solid bass lines.

Starting with "Final Curtain", one would think, "oh this is nice", with strong melody, guitar patterns, and excellent vocals. But then, one song after another is equally as good or better. Just solid melodic prog from start to finish. This is an album that just gets better with each listen and will easily make my top 10 for 2013.

My challenge now is to check out their back catalog.

 Mystic Spirit by KERRS PINK album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 52 ratings

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Mystic Spirit
Kerrs Pink Prog Folk

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars Kerrs Pink is a Norwegian prog band which has done six studio records since 1980 and "Mystic Spirit" is their sixth record. I suppose the band has changed their sound a lot since then because this doesn't feel like traditional prog. The cover picture is dramatic and shows beautiful bare tree and a dynamic sky. The band is madu up by Eirikur Hauksson (lead vocals), Harald Lytomt(guitars), Per Langsholt(bass and bass pedals), Glenn Fosser(keyboards) and Magne Johansen(drums and percussion).

Firstly I fell i love with the first song "Final Curtain"(9/10) which feels almost like folk prog. The dramatic and emotional melody feels like something known inside me, perhaps a Swedish film theme or something. There is a beautiful melody however and I enjoyed the singers voice. The sound of accordion was among the most lovely features. I would have loved more accordion. The unfortunately nothing stands up to the same level of beauty. The short "Until I know"(7,5/10) is a short and lovely symphonic piece with acoustic parts and the almost instrumental "Secluded"(7,5/10) is close to very good with great keyboards and vocals sounding like Phil Collins. I also like "Slaves of the west"(7/10) which perhaps is the most symphonic of the records tracks with hints of Camel, even if it's too heavy. In "The Storm" I notified a nice bass line(7/10) and the sweeping melody of "In Immorality"(7/10) reminded me of the Swedish opera work "Tonerna" which most famous performance feautured Jussi Björling. I can't help feeling the similarity. Kerrs Pink has some classical lines also sounding little like film music. The rest of the songs aren't so interesting.

I would say this record is too long to really be enjoyed, a big problem among new releases! I would also have appreciated more folk elements in the music. My problem with Kerrs Pink is that I think they're too heavy sometimes and I think they're not going to a level they could have gone with their capacity. I like the vocals which sometimes sounds like Phil Collins so I will also explore Magic Pie's music. A good record with some tracks I enjoy but not any prog monsters in my opinion. Three stars!

 Mellom Oss by KERRS PINK album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.75 | 43 ratings

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Mellom Oss
Kerrs Pink Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars In August 1980 Tore Johansen left Kerrs Pink, feeling he needed a break, followed a bit later by Terje Solaas, who was offered a job far from the area the band was located.The band found a new drummer in Tore Fundingsrud, while they also had built their own studio in Harald Lytomt's barn in Trømborg.They recorded the follow-up to ''Kerrs Pink'' on a 4-track recorded between September and November 81', released on Pottittskiver at the fall of the year under the title ''Mellom oss''.

This was definitely an upgrade to the debut, being a nicely structured, slightly CAMEL-esque, melodic Symphonic/Progressive Rock with a more developed sound, similar to German bands like ROUSSEAU or ANYONE'S DAUGHTER.Again the centerpiece of the arrangements is Harald Lytomt's guitar, which now offers series of melodic solos and impressive melodies, definitely in a more consistent performance than on ''Kerrs Pink''.Some nice folky vibes with the use of acoustic guitars and a couple of more melancholic tunes with a Scandinavian feel appear on a few tracks, led by the viola parts of guest Tormod Gangflot.The vocals are nice, all delivered in Norwegian, and there is more room for some good keyboard textures, although these are still in a secondary role.The biggest achievement of the group though was the addition of a very good epic track, the 17-min. ''Mens tiden forgar''.Quite mellow and atmospheric melodic Symphonic Rock with excellent, warm vocals, folky overtones with acoustic soundscapes and CAMEL-esque flute drives and plenty of electric guitar explosions, based on smooth solos, along with vintage organ passages.

The Musea CD reissue comes with a bonus of six extra tracks, of which five are previously unreleased, pretty much in a similar vein as the tracks of the regular album.Maybe a light jazzy influence is apparent in these cuts along with a more upfront keyboard parts, but no more or less the style remains a relaxed and very melodic Progressive Rock, always with the guitar in evidence.''Fredsmarsjen'' was used actually in the 82' compilation/sampler album ''Jomfrutur'' of Pottittskiver.

Nice, easy-going and sensitive Progressive Rock by the Norwegians.The CD reissue is propably a better purchase due to its very good additional material.Anyway, both issues are great examples of early-80's Progressive Rock with old-school references, strongly recommended, especially if you love CAMEL...3.5 stars.

 Mellom Oss by KERRS PINK album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.75 | 43 ratings

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Mellom Oss
Kerrs Pink Prog Folk

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Kerrs Pink is one of the legendary norwegians progressive rock bands beggining their career in mid '70s. Their second album from 1982 is considered among their best release if not the best they ever done, named Mellom oss (between us). Musea records re issue the album in 1992 I guess with nice pictures, story of the band and lyrics and aswell has 6 bonus tracks, 5 of them never released before. Well, the music offered is something between symphonic prog of the mellower kind but quite well played, something between Camel and german band Rousseau, with some folk pastoral passages. The title track is more then ok and the ending tune the longest Mens Tiden Forgår clocking around 17, is pure delight, the rest are also quite good. There are plenty of melodic guitar parts and great keyboards passages that will pleases every fan of prog rock music. For me was a good ride and for that reason worth 3.5 stars. Great cover art, simple but so evocative.
 Mellom Oss by KERRS PINK album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.75 | 43 ratings

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Mellom Oss
Kerrs Pink Prog Folk

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Ohh, delightful prog folk from Norway! They mix traditional music from their country with some terrific Camel-like symphonic rock. As one might have guessed, lots of great guitar lines here (both acoustic and electric). There are some nice keyboards too, but unfortunalty not much. My CD is a re-recording of the original early 80´s album, with a few line up changes. I guess it would be nice to hear the vinyl version for historical and curiosity reasons, but really the new tracks are very well produced while the early ones were not, according to what I heard. Anyway, the music here is very good, even if not all the tracks are great.

I really loved Harald Lytomt´s guitar playing: very melodic, very fluid, in the best David Gilmour/Andy Latimer tradition. But the whole band is quite good. As for the songs themselves the quality varies quite a lot, going from excellent (Mens Tiden Forgar) to average (the polka-like Tröstevise really was an unfortunate choice for the second track). However none is bad, and the playing is always top notch. Vocals are all sung in their native language, and Halvard Haugerud´s voice is only ok, but they are mostly an instrumental band anyway. Highlight of the CD is obviously the side long 17 minute epic Mens Tiden Forgar, a wonderful piece of symphonic prog that is really worth the price fo the album, with its several tempo and mood changes, captivating melodies and beautiful flute, guitar and keys interplay. The ending solo is one of the most emotional and poignant I have heard in many years.

There are six bonus tracks that although not really outstandig, are a nice addition for they are in same spirit of the original ones.

Conclusion: if you like Camel and prog folk, this is a must have. I´m really glad to have this one and I´d like to thank Kenneth Levine for advising about this interesting norwegian group. Even if you´re not really fond of prog folk, it´s worth checking this one out anyway.

Final rating: something between 3,5 and 4 stars.

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