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3.90 | 251 ratings

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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. Itīs 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.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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