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Kalles World Tour: Start

Kalle's World Tour has gone through mass changes since their debut CD NU. The band, which hails from Denmark, had started out as an avant-garde jazz act, featuring sousaphone as a lead instrument. But on the new CD Start, all but drummer Kalle Mathiesen have been replaced. Vocalist Marie Ingerslev provides a nice melodic phrasing that allows the up-front rhythm section of Mathiesen and bassist Kim Matzen to steer the music in many directions.

Most of the music would be called jazz-tinged rock, bordering on the melodic-progressive side. Mathiesen, who also plays all the keyboard parts and guitarist Peter Muller, never really take off and solo, they provide the atmosphere that the songs evolve into. "Start", "Tango", and "Normal" remind me of Aquaplan with the drumming and vocal phrasing. "No", "Kotelet" and "Capitalist" are more adventurous and have a lot of groove to them. The songs on Start rock, but with enough twists to keep this from being just another pop-album. "Capitalist" and "Come Blood" (with its layered vocals by Ingerslev) are two of my favorite tracks, but all the tracks are well performed.

Start is going to appeal to any fan of melodic rock. The songs are up-beat and direct, but not sugar coated. A little dip into some of the crazy turns that NU took would have been nice to hear, but you can tell that this was meant to be a more standard release. Overall you can hear the enjoyment that Kalle's World Tour brings to these recordings. A fine debut (this can not be called the same band that made NU) by this instance of Kalle's World Tour.

Track Listing
1) Start (4:46)
2) No (4:50)
3) Normal (4:25)
4) Be (4:01)
5) Humor (5:36)
6) Tango (3:15)
7) Capitalist (4:25)
8) Kotelet (1:21)
9) Come Blood (4:45)
10) Jeg har stjalet denne sang (4:08)

Added: August 4th 2005
Reviewer: Steve Ambrosius
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