The previous Karmakanic album Who's The Boss In The Factory (2008) isn't an album that I listened a lot to. However, the new record In A Perfect World is a great progressive rock album that presents this band - formed around bass player Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) - at its best. The sound of this album is refreshing and the music is filled with long, emotional guitar and keyboard parts that are typical for this band and also for The Flower Kings. The album kicks off with the amazing epic 1969 that lasts over fourteen minutes. This piece sets the standard for the remainder of the album. 1969 contains extraordinary tempo changes, lots of orchestral parts that truly remind me of progressive dinosaur bands - with all respect of course - like Yes, Genesis and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Turn It Up is completely different as it is rather poppy and sometimes contains musical structures of Rush, my most favourite rock band ever. If you like traditional prog rock then you will love tracks like The World Is Caving In and There's Nothing Wrong With The World and of course the aforementioned opening track 1969. The last song called When Fear Comes To Town starts rather weird, but then evolves into a great emotional song; the guitar solo by Krister Johnnson is more than outstanding. In A Perfect World is a very diverse, exceptional and superb prog rock album that will certainly fill the gap with The Flower Kings.
**** Martien Koolen (edited by Peter Willemsen)
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