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Crossover Prog

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2 stars Kayak - Night Vision (2001)

The mixed bag..

The comeback of Kayak with Close to the Fire (2000) was very strong, but this second album in the 21th century fails to hit my player very often. And it's a pity. This could have been a five-star short-album! Some of the material is very good, whilst other material is plain bad or uninteresting. Another disappointed is the absence of former lead-vocalist Max Werner, who is replace by ex-Vandenberg Bert Heerink. His powerful voice is good, but I Werner is one of my favorite vocalists.

The good tracks...

Icarus is one of Kayak's best epics. It's quality can easily be compared with songs Merlin and Starlight Dancer. The compositions are sophisticated and very progressive. The sound is impressive and the lyrics work very well with the composition. This song has all characteristics of a prog-epic-masterpiece with bombastic symphonic/dark moments and an intimate middle section. Great!

Miracle Man is a very catchy and symphonic crossover song. There was a time I listened to it every day because of it's sticky emotional refrain. Great song!

Tradition has also an epical structure and some bombastic symphonic moments and some great composition of drummer Pim Koopmans. The lyrics are strong; 'For every abuse is a perfect excuse: tradition!', sings Bert Heerink.

The other tracks...

Some other tracks on the album are good pop-songs or ballad type songs with a twist, but nothing is memorable. There isn't enough quality in the composition and the styles of the songs differ to much. The progressive factor is lost and an empty Kayak sound remains.

Conclusion. This album has two great Kayak songs; Icarus and Miracle Man. The other tracks are forgettable. I'll give it two stars. Only for fans, whilst those who embrace the digital era might try and download the first two songs of the album. Luckily the next Kayak album, Merlin - Bard of the Unseen, is a genius work of art! Spend your money on that record.

friso | 2/5 |


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