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But seriously, Hans Lundin's compositions are well conceived, the production excellent, and most importantly the musical result vital and full of life.
If you have any affinity for classic symphonic style progressive rock music whatsoever, check this album out. I think you will be glad you did!
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Kaipa has had many ups and downs through the years, but the last several albums have given the band a firm footing among prog rock's elite. In The Wake of Evolution is a stunning piece of work, with the Scandinavian humanism of keyboardist/lyricist Hans Lundin brought to glorious life by his uplifting compositions and their virtuoso interpretations by the band. But to me what really puts the icing on the cake so to speak is the vocal performance of Aleena Gibson. It is the childlike joy and innocence of her vocals that give Kaipa a memorable and distinctive sound.
I like In the Wake of Evolution from beginning to end with the glorious epic title cut setting a high standard for the rest of the album. Beside that, I really enjoy Electric Power Water Notes, Folkia's First Decision, and The Seven Oceans of Our Mind which gives this a strong finish. For those who haven't heard Kaipa, the best way to describe their music is that it sounds like Yes on steroids.
The edition I obtained here is from Germany's Inside/Out Records, a label that is the spearhead of prog's resurrection. It comes housed in a standard jewel box and is accompanied by a meaty insert featuring pictures, album and band information, and most importantly the lyrics. Over the years, Sweden has given the world many fine progressive rock bands. Kaipa is one of her finest. Get this soon while it is still available.
The musicians are all extremely talented and are all-stars in their own right. Hans Lundin, who writes and leads this group, is a virtuoso on keyboards, particularly the mellotron. I can't say enough about Jonas Reingold of Flower King fame on bass or Morgen Agren on drums.Per Nilsson is a shredder and a star on guitar. Vocals are ably and enthusiastically delivered by Patrik Lundstrom and Aleena Gibson.
Check out the powerful keyboard/guitar interplay on Arcs of Sound or the title cut! Well worth the $7.99 for MP3 versus $28 for the CD.
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The eponymous first track is really, really good. I heard it and knew I had to buy the album.
I didn't know that every other track would be pretty much the same thing as... Read more
A little poppy at times but it is Swedish ..home of ABBA. Arrangement and guitar playing especially stands out to me.Published on June 5, 2013 by Brick