Monday 13 February 2017

Proto Kaw - The Wait Of Glory (2006)

The second album from this US band.

The band is a seven piece big band on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, saxophone, flutes, organ and vocals. 

Proto-Kaw is basically the old version of the far more famous Kansas. A band the leader of Proto-Kaw also were the leader of for a long time. His name is off course Kerry Livgren, one of USA's best and most famous prog rock composers. He did Kansas best stuff and mostly everything for Proto-Kaw.

I pretty much liked their 2004 debut album Before Became After. An album with both pre-Kansas and post-Kansas songs. It was a good album, indeed.

So I am giving them another try again. All their three albums, in fact.

Proto-Kaw sounded very much in the Kansas vein on their debut album. The difference was violin vs saxophone. Proto-Kaw has saxophone and flutes instead of violins. That was a major difference on the debut album.

Proto-Kaw has distanced themselves a lot more on The Wait Of Glory, though. There is a lot of Christian rock like toothless AOR here. Not AOR but toothless and praise the lord type of AOR. Then there are some funk here too. And a few melodies which reminds me about Kansas and progressive rock.

The end result is a bland album which does not work out at all. A couple of songs here are good. The rest of the album is bleak and bland. Totally forgetable and I want to forget this album as much as I can so I can still honour Kerry Livgren and his work. 

This is a decent album but nothing more than that.

2 points


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