Thursday 26 April 2018
Kayak - Seventeen (2018)
The 17th album from this Dutch band.
The band was a quintet on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals.
Andy Latimer from Camel contributed on some tracks with his guitars.
Kayak had stripped down to a quintet after the massive double CD rock opera Cleopatra from 2014. A rock opera with some very good qualities.
Seventeen sees the band back to basic again. No rock opera.... but still a couple of long songs. Songs which shows that the band still got it.
The beginning of this album with the rather short Somebody and the following twelve minutes long La Peregrina, makes me sit up and take notice. La Peregrina is a very good symphonic prog opus and alone worthy the whole purchase of this album.
After some more not so great tracks, we lands on this rather Iron Maiden like opus Walk Through Fire. A ten minutes plus long opus.
The rest of this sixty minutes long album takes us through some hopeless bad pop rock tunes and some good symphonic prog.
The end result is a good album indeed. The band is still gigging and playing festivals. Make sure you catch them live while you can as the members here are soon crossing the rainbow to another world.