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In a Perfect World Import

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KARMAKANIC In A Perfect World CD

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 1969
  2. Turn It Up
  3. The World Is Caving In
  4. Can't Take It With You
  5. There's Nothing Wrong With The World
  6. Bite The Grit
  7. When Fear Came To Town
  8. Turn It Up (Radio Edit)
  9. Send A Message From The Heart


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 2, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B0053Y99IW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Glenn O. Kirms on August 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
When I saw that Karmakanic was releasing a new album, I said great news. Although I enjoy The Flower Kings to an extent, I always have a very difficult time getting past Hasse Froberg's voice (only my opinion). I can tolerate Ronie Stolt as I think he has done an exceptional job lending vocal duties to Transatlantic. With Karmakanic, Goran Edman, I think, delivers a very solid performance vocally and seems easier on the ear. From the opening track '1969' to the ending track of 'When Fear Came to Town' each track really delivers. Once again, this is a very solid release from this group and for those of you who have followed them since their first album 'Entering the Spectre' you will not disappointed. The bonus track 'Turn it Up (Radio Edit)' is thrown in, but why would you need that when you already have the full version? That would be my only negative throughout the album. I would have rather have had another track in place of the radio edit. Anyway, this would be a must buy for some new, great progressive rock.
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Count me among those who don't think that In A Perfect World is a step up from Karmakanic's last outing. Oh, there is a lot to like but overall their new effort is a very mixed bag. For all the hype, Karmakanic seems to have actually taken a step backward musically speaking.
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.
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It took me longer than I wanted to get around to reviewing this latest Karmakanic offering. I find "In A Perfect World" to be on par with their last effort "Who's The Boss In The Factory", maybe even a bit more accessible. Each song is strong with a nice mix between longer and shorter numbers with the majority actually being shorter. I feel they take a little step beyond WTBITF by presenting a more "radio friendly" cut in "Turn It Up" (But, I thought "Let in Hollywood" from their last album was pretty radio friendly, but maybe a bit too long.) and a wonderfully fun number in "Can't Take It With You". (After "1969" probably my favorite cut)It is a really addictive song with a salsa beat that turns prog rock. A tough song to sit still to, and not want to crank up!

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.
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(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 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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