In a Perfect World Import
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First the good: 1969, the opening cut, is a fine tune strongly evocative of the Flower Kings. Can't Take It With You is an interesting blend of Latin rhythms and elements of heavy metal. There's Nothing Wrong With the World and Bite the Grit are the proggiest, best, and most interesting tracks on the album.
The mediocre: When the World Is Caving In starts weakly but occasionally exhibits flashes of brilliance. Both versions of Turn It Up are too commercial for me, although the unedited version is better with it's percussive introduction and driving keyboards.
The execrable: When Fear Came to Town is a weak piece that features insipid vocals that are followed by a pleasant but uninspired instrumental ending. This could have been left off the album and no one would have missed it.
OK, I haven't yet had the chance to view the video bonus track but I can't imagine that it could improve the rating of In A Perfect World.
The CD comes housed in a standard plastic jewel box and is accompanied by an attractive booklet that features pictures, lyrics, and all appropriate album information. This is an album I can take or leave. I will listen occasionally, but I imagine it will spend a lot of time on the shelf waiting for Karmakanic's next and hopefully better album.
The longest cut is the first one "1969", which clocks in at over 14 minutes. While I really dislike to compare today's prog with yesterdays prog "1969" is the most "Yes sounding" song I have heard coming from the Flower Kings camp. The transitions between slow and fast movements, and the guitar work is just too obvious to ignore. This is nothing against the piece it is definitely the center piece. The next longest song at 9:54 is "When Fear Came To Town", a really slow somber song. While I am generally not a fan of long, slow, prog numbers WFCTT is really nice! It starts off with just an acoustic guitar and vocals, then Jonas' base slowly and quietly comes in, and finally keyboards and other instruments fill in the end. I don't really like it placed at the end because it kind of leaves me wanting more. Technically, the radio edit of "Turn It Up" is really at the end, which is really kind of pointless because all they do is shorten the full length version by about two minutes.Read more ›
Being a huge fan of Karmakanic's "Who's the boss in the factory" - not to mention the Flower Kings and other swedish prog - I was very much looking forward to this album. While I wouldn't say that I was necessarily disappointed in "In a perfect world", I will say that I don't think it was on par with "Who's the Boss". I can't really point to any one thing I didn't care for on the album, but none of the songs really impressed me as being more than well written, but pretty straight forward modern prog in the same vein as Flower Kings.
That being said, "Turn it up" is a strong effort that sounds like something that could break into radio rotation on quite a few stations. "Can't Take it with you" is also a lot of crunchy, macabre fun but in the end, there's just not enough on this album that sets it apart from many other albums just like it.
Now, having said all that, I'm not sorry I bought the album, I have enjoyed listening to it and I don't think if you're a fan of their earlier stuff or just modern prog in general you'll regret buying this album if you decide to do so. However, if you're limited on funds (like most of us) then this album can probably wait for now.
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Flower Kings fan? You'll love Karmakanic. Another great side project.Published 18 months ago by capo
Not quite what Wheel of Life & Boss in the Factory was but still good. Can't access the video. Help?Published 19 months ago by Joseph W. Solinski
I won't go into a song by song review of this album. All I am going to say is that if you liked any of their previous albums, you'll more than likely love this one. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Amazon Customer
otherwise, this could be a perfect album. Come on Inside Out, we know that you know. And to make matters worse, the mp3 available on Amazon has the same defect. Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by Imid Gnog
Karmakanic continues to impress me. This album has a slightly different feel than "Who's the Boss in the Factory"; it's a little catchier, and a little happier sounding in... Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by the_catfishman
After having purchased the first 3 Karmakanic CD's and listened to the steady musical progression of the band, I was eager to hear what they might do as an encore on their latest... Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by Jeffrey Worman
(Note : I really wanted to rate this 3 1/2 star as I think it's a bit better than just 3 stars)
Being a huge fan of Karmakanic's "Who's the boss in the factory" - not to... Read more