Rating: 85/100

Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen, February '05
InsideOut Music
Progressive Rock


Kino is yet another supergroup, this time with members from the British progressive rock scene: keyboardplayer John Beck (It Bites), drummer Chris Maitland (ex-Porcupine Tree), singer and guitarist John Mitchell (Arena) and bassist Pete Trewavas (Marillion).

And with their background it is no surprise, that they musically are drifting towards the same paths their main bands are playing - progressive rock. They kick the album off with the most progressive song on the entire album "Losers Day Parade" - a hard in your face tune with some very nice sing-along parts, which reminds me a bit about ACT from Sweden. A rather strange choice of an opener, because this is the least accessable and longest song on the entire album.

I think Kino has some of their best moments, when they drift a bit off into soft rock, songs like "Leave The Light On" and "All You See" are quite simple, but still great. The rest of the album is a great combination of soft rock and progressive rock - just take a listen to "Swimming In Women" - awesome track, that don't have to hide behind any Arena song.

One highlight chases another on this great album - just take a listen to the two ballads "Perfect Tense" and "Picture" - great emotional songs. Or how about the power ballad "Holding On" another great song with a wonderful middlepart with great guitars and keys. As you might have guessed, this album is loaded with great songs from 4 guys, that knows what they are doing. 

This album has been a very nice surprise to me, and I prefer this album to the new Arena album, but think fans of British progressive rock will enjoy this album a lot ... I know I do.

Recommended tracks: "Losers Day Parade", "Leave The Light On" and "Holding On"