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Kaka

Kaka

(Despotz; US: 30 Jan 2008; UK: Unavailable)

Kaka (aka Richard Karlsson), has very interesting musical tastes, judging by this record, which spans a wide array of genres. Whether it’s the terribly sweet “What a Frame”, the opening “Forward” that sounds like the Raconteurs doing a Beatles cover, or the equally happy and whistling-inducing “It’s a Longshot”, which resembles Peter, Bjorn and John, Kaka knows what he’s doing and he does it extremely well. Formerly of the Melody Club (an appropriate name given how sweet and infectious this record is), Kaka goes a bit retro during “Ball and Chain, Darling” which could have been a great Duran Duran hit in their ‘80s prime. Even when Kaka goes light and airy, as is the case with “Can You Recall It”, he has all the sensibilities of highbrow pop maestros like XTC’s Andy Partridge and others. No track truly comes to the fore, as it’s a series of continually stellar efforts, especially “The Hotspurs (The Less We Know the Faster We Go)”. Even when he opts for the light, almost aquatic ambience of “Burn the Bridges”, Kaka comes up shining.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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