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Crossover Prog

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3 stars See see the Kayak!

This is the debut album by this 70's Dutch band. They sound very British and will probably appeal to fans of classic, British progressive rock as well as to fans of groups like Supertramp and maybe Electric Light Orchestra. Even the vocals could be mistaken for British; at least there is no strong accent involved. The influences on the group's sound obviously include The Beatles and probably also Yes. The Chris Squire-like bass guitar sound gives that much away. Supertramp is often mentioned in relation to this group. There are indeed many similarities between the two groups, but we should keep in mind that Kayak debuted in 1973, before Supertramp broke through with Crime Of The Century in 1974 (even if they had an album out already in 1970).

See See The Sun consists of nine well written, melodic, well performed Pop Prog songs. The songs are primarily vocal driven and there is very little room for instrumental noodling. The sound of Kayak is often quite keyboard dominated and Ton Scherpenzeel is great on the keyboards which mainly consist of piano and harpsichord. So do not expect a Moog fest! The rest of the band plays competently too.

The music of See See The Sun is hardly revolutionary in any way and while all the songs are good, they are not something out of the ordinary. But they surely have a certain charm!

Good, but non-essential; recommended for people who likes bands more towards the poppier side of Prog.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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