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Kayak: Out Of This World
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Kayak: Out Of This World

Melodic Progressive Rock
4.5/5.0

Many bands can be considered both seminal and pioneers in the realm of melodic progressive rock, such as Yes or Genesis. Then there's also The Netherlands' Kayak who began in 1972, persevered until 1982, only to be resurrected in 2006. Since then, with or despite personnel changes, the iconic band has been going strong, releasing new material and touring in support of.. The only remaining original member Ton Scherpenzeel (k,lv,bvs), having survived a heart attack in 2019, continues to lead and compose for the band, now entering their sixth decade (more or less). Kayak returns with their eighteenth studio album, Out Of This World.

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Simply, Out Of This World displays that Kayak are indefatigable masters of their craft. Teaching old dogs new tricks is an easy effort for this band because their inventiveness is equal to their musical consistency. Over the expansive span of 15 songs and more than 70 minutes, the Kayak sound once more traverses the scope of symphonic rock (Out Of This World, Red Rag To A Bull, Distance To Your Heart) to lighter rock (They Way She Said Goodbye, One By One), from upbeat pop liveliness (Mystery, Waiting) to more involved progressive intricacy (Out Of This World, A Writer's Tale). Within the compositions you'll find skillful musicianship which includes, but is not limited to some fine Ton keyboard work, quite strong Marcel Singor guitar lines (my favorite highlight), and, as something of a first, all members adding lead vocals. All in all, with Out Of This World, Kayak continues to impress with their fluid and consistent musical creativity and so offering fans entertaining melodic progressive rock. Easily recommended.




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With Out Of This World, Kayak continues to impress with their fluid and consistent musical creativity and so offering fans entertaining melodic progressive rock. Easily recommended.

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