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Keyholder [Import]

KaipaAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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KAIPA is a musical project formed by keyboard player Hans Lundin. It also includes Per Nilsson, guitar (Scar Symmetry), Jonas Reingold, bass (Flower Kings/Karmakanic), Morgan Ågren, drums (Mats & Morgan/Zappa), Patrik Lundström, vocal (Ritual) & Aleena Gibson, vocal. Surrounded by these extremely talented musicians Hans is able to give his melodic and complex songs a ... Read more in Amazon's Kaipa Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00354MF74
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed at first, then it grew on me - love it! February 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
After discovering Notes from the Past, with some disappointment regarding Patrik's vocals being not aggressive enough for the material, I was excited to get the new album. I got it, and at first I didn't like it. But, with music as complex as this, it typically takes 4-5 listens before one really gets hooked. That's definitely the case with this album.
Pros: stellar musicianship. Lots of guitar-keys-bass interplay, catchy rhythms, stops and starts, and lots of plain old rocking out to a wacky riff. Roine is really kicking ass on this one, more so than on the Flower Kings songs I've heard, and on a par with his work in Transatlantic. Hans is not afraid to use all sorts of different keyboard sounds, including a lead synth sound that makes me think of Derek Sherinian or Jens Johanssen. Morgan is tearing up the drumset as usual. Jonas is alternating between powerful but reserved bass parts, and a few moments of lead parts. Patrik is singing like he means it (as opposed to Notes from the Past, in which his vocals were just to clean and *nice*), and Aleena is great again, and this time I think the material is a bit better suited to her voice.
Cons: If you listen to too much prog (as I do), you'll start to hear echoes of other bands in this album. At times you'll hear bits that may make you think of Yes, Queen, Jethro Tull, and Dream Theater. Not even a tip of the hat is given, but just a keyboard tone here or two notes there, which will sorta remind you of these bands. This is not a bad thing, but it was a bit distracting for me to say "hmm that sounds kinda like Gates of Delirium", "hmm that sounds like Images and Words". A lot of this for me is coming from Jonas's tone & style, which are just too reminiscent of Chris Squire.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential March 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If more than a month goes by and I haven't listened to this, or,it has to be said, 'notes from the past', I get a little anxious, if you know what I mean. This is soaring, thoughful, inspiring, wonderful music, 'prog' if you want to call it that, but every time you listen to this, in your car, at home, on the bus I don't care where else you will smile, I absolutely positively guarantee it. Try it wearing noise reducing headphones. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Instrumental Prog October 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Great Instrumental Progressive Rock, only there's a problem. This isn't an instrumental CD. I would recommend this disc to every Prog head out there based on the music alone. The over emotive Freddie Mercury vocal treatment gets annoying. This would have been much better if Roine Stolt handle the vocal chores. The music is very good, moving, melodic and enough twists and turns to make for active listening. Aleena's vocals are strong and don't get in the way like Freddie Jr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Unfortunately, while Keyholder (2003) is a slight improvement over Notes from the Past (2002), it is still crippled by a remarkably formulaic approach to being "progressive" and emphasizes the worst aspects of American stadium rock. As such, while I found the album to generally be OK, it is undeniably boring; especially in contrast with the creative music of the post-progressive groups currently active, not to mention the progressive giants from the 1970s that I grew up listening to.

The lineup includes Hans Lundin (Hammond C3 organ, mellotron, synthesizers, piano and vocals) and Flower Kings member Roine Stolt (electric and acoustic guitars), with guest musicians including Flower Kings bassist Jonas Reingold, Morgen Agren (drums), Ritual singer Patrik Lundstrom (lead vocals) and Aleena (Lundin) providing additional lead and backing vocals.

The band members are all solid and there is some good ensemble work on the album. The male and female lead vocalists however, have very contrived and "corporate" sounding styles, with Patrick sounding a lot like Steve Perry to me (although the comparison with Freddy Mercury seems appropriate too). Fortunately, they are not used as often and instrumental passages are dominant (even moreso than on Notes from the Past).

While these guys do have a very good grasp on melodies/arrangement, I found their approach to composition, which is based solely upon clichés taken from the classic English progressive rock and American stadium rock styles (guitar and keyboard solos over an ostinato), to be troubling. That is, I see little point in maintaining a musical style that thrives on forward momentum in a state of "no change".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the Same September 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Notes From the Past" marked a return to music by Hans Lundin, the original founding member of Kaipa in the mid 70's. Roine Stolt joined the band as a teenager, and remained until the early 80's to pursue a solo career. After 20 years of silence (running a music shop in Sweden), Mr. Lundin came back, along with Roine Stolt with last years "Notes from the Past". The album was very well recieved; musically it was structured very well and the vocals strong. With just over a year's absence, the exact group has returned with "Keyholder".
According to the credits, Roine Stolt is a co-writer on three album tracks. Personally, I can hear little or no difference in the material as compared to last years release. It seems as though the band could have taken another year to rejuvenate. The best song, the only real reason to own the album, is "A Complex Work of Art", with beautiful lead vocals by Aleena (She was on the last album, but has a greater presence here). The song moves through various speeding bits, a gentle vocal, and the last half being very 'prog'.
"Lifetime of a Journey" (track 1) has been favorably compared to the music of Queen. It is very pompous, with dual guitars and harmony vocals. Although written by Lundin, this song has a strong Flower Kings vibe. "Weed of all Mankind" is fairly lengthy and somewhat agressive and also gentle. "Sonic Pearls" is decent, typical Kaipa, nothing quite remarkable. "End of the Rope" is the album's longest track, at almost 14 minutes. Shades of light and dark, angry vocals. Big stretches of interlocking bass/guitar/keyboard lines.
"Across the Big Uncertain" has a very pastoral sense to it; gentle, soft, flowing, peaceful.
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