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Crossover Prog

4.04 | 190 ratings

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4 stars Kayak is the 2nd studio album by Dutch symphonic and crossover prog band Kayak, and my point of entry to their #symphonicprog years.

The lineup at this point was comprised of Max Werner on lead vocals, percussion and Mellotron; Johan Slager on guitars and backing vocals; Ton Scherpenzeel all types of keyboards, organ and piano; Cees Van Leeuwen on bass and harmonica; and Kim Koopman on drums and vocals.

In a nutshell, a great band with exceptional musicianship and songwriting; Kayak is an album where the symphonic prog fan will find some resemblance to early Genesis on songs such as the mini epic They Get to Know Me and the haunting Woe and Alas; some Yes in songs like the jumpy Serenades and Trust in The Machine; and the #classicrock and prog pop fan a little Supertramp in Wintertime; an ode to The Beatles on the fabulous closer His Master's noise, and more upfront rockers on the opener Alibi or mainstream rock ballads like Mountain Too Rough? so there's a lot of great sounding and perfectly executed variety to keep the listener entertained. A great late discovery for me, a band with more than fifteen albums on their backs, with more than half of those worth checking out? this one is barely over 35 minutes so is a very quick and fast listen. Guess I have some homework to do! My personal highlights:

- Wintertime

- The Get to Know Me

- Serenades

- Woes and Alas

- His Master's noise

ElChanclas | 4/5 |


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