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Kaipa - Mindrevolutions

Kaipa - MindrevolutionsThe third album from the 'new' Kaipa line-up is a great follow-up after the previous two albums Notes From The Past and Keyholder. Mindrevolutions still retains the Kaipa folky feel from those very albums, but it is a little on the more song-based side.

Ten songs make up the near eighty minute value for money album, and as ever, the line up of Hans Lundin (keys) Roine Stolt (guitars) Morgan Agren (drums) Jonas Reingold (bass) and shared vocals from Ritual's Patrik Lundstrom and Aleena has produced yet another fine album.

The fourth track A Pair Of Sunbeams, this is something you wouldn't expect to hear from Kaipa. It has a strong Caribbean rhythm section, but the fine vocal talents from Patrik give it a rock feel. Moving back in time to the first track The Dodger takes you by surprise with the band straight into the bombastic start. This could have been a Flower Kings song, as Roine's guitar takes control and runs sweetly through it. It has a American feel to it when Patrik's voice sits firmly on the bass scales from Jonas, before the shape changes into nice instrumental passages, and then the dreamy chorus kicks in to put a shine on the whole opus.

Electric Leaves has Aleena in fine voice before Patrick duo's on the chorus lines with her. The rumbling bass lines from Jonas again lift the song, and a pleasant guitar solo from Roine make this a fine track all round. Aleena's voice hits the top spot on the next track Shadows Of Time which has a ballad feel, and the tinkle sound of the keyboards from Hans give it a nice dreamy sound. Patrik appears yet again, and along with Aleena, they both create a firm warmth within the song.

The title track is the longest on the album, and as you would expect, it twists and turns, and rises and falls, and features some fine instrumental work from the four musicians on board. It has the making of a classic in years to come, with everyone playing to their true strengths, and is very complex in structure. Last Free Indian has a nice acoustic start, and with Patrik's voice, sets the scene and takes you to the Wild West, while Aleena brings the mood down on the following track Our Deepest Shore with another ballad type song.

Jonas uses the fretless bass on Timebomb as it has a jolly type reggae feel to it, telling the story of a circus, and yet again there is a lot of passion in the vocals from Patrik. Closing track Remains Of The Day is another slow ballad, and incorporates another blistering guitar solo from Roine which combined with the big build up takes the track to just over the eight minute mark.

Mindrevolutions is, in my opinion, a magical well constructed and well produced album, and follows the pattern of the previous two. With talented musicians and great songs, this is a worthwhile purchase when it is released in June 2005.

Danny Mayo




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