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4 stars This debut album from ''Kayak'' is extremely pleasant to listen for all the symphonic prog lovers. It is another good Dutch band who has participated to the fame of this country in the rock music environment. I am definitively jealous about this country in comparison to mine (just kidding)!

Some might say that their work doesn't sound original enough and that they borrowed their ideas form several prog giants. In a way, it is not totally wrong: the very nice opener holds a lot of ''Yes'' feel (mainly due to the vocals) while ''Lyrics'' is more GG oriented (for the same reason). But the former is extremely melodic and the instrumental parts are flowing so nicely?

The same comment is still valid for the instrumental (guitar) of ''Mouldy Wood''. In fact, I am moderately enthusiast about the lead singer who lacks in personality IMHHO.

''Lovely Tuna'' is another good number: symphonically jazzy and quite vibrant during the middle and instrumental part (again). Still, I wouldn't be as laudatory as other reviewers about this song. The same sort of atmosphere can be noticed during ''Forever?'' which also holds some great key parts (mellotron).

The most complex track is probably ''Hope For A Life'' which shows a harder edge and the same GG oriented vocals. This album is full of good songs, and the melodic but weird ''Ballet Of The Cripple'' is another one of them. Maybe a little more pop-oriented and more Supertrampish.

The pop feel is even more evident for the title track: simple and straight forward tracks that borrowed a lot to the big Four. But the prior ''Forever Is a Lonely Thought'' already gave some indications?

I will round up this work to four stars although seven out of ten sounds more appropriate to my ears. An enjoyable debut album even if ''Mammoth'' could have been avoided (same applies to both bonus tracks of which ''Give It A Name'' is totally ''Supersister'' oriented. Another good Dutch band...

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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