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SOLO

Kaipa

 

Symphonic Prog

4.01 | 199 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars This is the last album from Kaipa Mark I. Dear friend Roine will leave the band after this release and start his solo career ("Fantasia") in 79.

Retrospectively, when one listens to this album, the influence on TFK's work is enormous here. The guitar is identical, the gorgeous keys are present as well. Only Roine's lead vocals are missing.

This is a very melodic album featuring lots of fine moments of which "Den Skrattande Grevinnan" and "Flytet" belong to the best.

The new singer is also more bearable, although not really great. But who cares! This album is mostly instrumental and these parts are very good. Of course, the ones who were expecting another epic like "Skenet Bedrar" were disappointed since this album featured mostly short pieces of music.

Only one blunder: the instrumental (surprisingly) "Frog Funk". It could have been easily avoided. On the other hand, one of the most vibrant song is "Visan I Sommaren" featuring an excellent vocal part! Not really in line with the rest of this album.

To go back to a more formatted experience "Taijgan" brings us back into the nice guitar of Roine. One has to agree that the guy is extremely gifted (even at this early stage of his life).

My favourite track is the beautiful "En Igelkotts Död". A fabulous and emotional instrumental. Fully "Genesis" oriented, that's for sure ("After The Ordeal"), but so poignant (but some might say it is plagiarism.). I like it an awful lot.

This album offers real gems, and it is a pleasure to listen to the great "Total Förvirring" during which Roine shines again brilliantly. Another highlight of this album even if Mats Löfgren is not convincing (but I already wrote what I felt about him).

The closing song of the original album is also a memorable moment. Strongly "Yes" oriented (even if the first part reminds me more of "Broadway Melody of 1974" from who you know), it conveys a lot of passionate guitar and believe me, the role of Roine on this album is huge. One will see (and mostly hear) how much the band will suffer from his absence on their later releases. The bonus live tracks on the remastered edition are also worth (just like on their previous album).

Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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