Kaddisfly
Set Sail The Prairie


5.0
classic

Review

by Stagnantwords USER (1 Reviews)
April 17th, 2012 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Often time the most obscure of artists can sneak up on you and blow you out of the water. Often times you wonder why these artists are obscure to begin with. Kaddisfly is one of those bands

Kaddisfly, now known as Water & Bodies, formed in 2001 and have progressed significantly since then. 2003's <i>Did You Know People Can Fly?</i> showed great potential, but left no staying power. 2005's <i>Buy Our Intention; We'll Buy You A Unicorn</i> was a much more improved effort, showcasing catching songs scattered throughout the record, but consistency lacked and the record failed to leave an imprint on the listener. Then came 2007's <i>Set Sail The Prairie</i> which Kaddisfly used all the potential they had at hand, and used it to the fullest extent.

From start to finish Set Sail The Prairie lays out originality, catchiness, experimentation and extremely strong instrumentation which blends extremely well vocalist Chris Ruff. Lyrically brilliance is best shown by the track Waves, in which Chris recites lyrics starting with letter a through w, until the bridge kicks in. Empire, which strengths lie in the instrumentation, starts quietly slowly but surely building up to the catchiest track on the album. Snowflakes which clocks in at just about eight minutes long, impresses in all aspects of the bands talents, without boring the listener, including the heaviest (in the vein of Fair To Midland) track on the album. Chris isn't afraid to hit high notes, and although he is no Anthony Green, he executes well throughout the album, with very few to no slip ups.

A concept album, representing the seasons, and the two solstices, the album flows perfectly from start to finish, providing a certain vibe for the listener as the album progresses unlike any other i've had the pleasure of hearing. Songwriting is arguably the most important part of <i>Set Sail The Prarie</i>, avoiding the typical "verse chorus verse" in a bulk of the tracks and opting for a different direction, none of which fails. The first half of the record is captivating to say the least, drawing your undivided attention, not ceasing to amaze as the record progresses into it's softer but brilliant second half.

Overall <i>Set Sail The Prarie</i> is amongst one of the most overlooked albums of the past decade, and could've very easily received the proper attention had promotion been better (besides band stickers placed at random throughout the set of FX's It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia). The album in it's entirety is nearly flawless in it's execution, creating an underground progressive rock masterpiece. Unfortunately the band disbanded shortly after the release of this album, before reforming as Water & Bodies. which has yet to come close to any of Kaddisfly's work.


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StagnantWords
April 16th 2012


318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review, I couldn't believe this didn't have a review so I had to break my silence. The italics didn't work, maybe I did them incorrectly?

StagnantWords
April 16th 2012


318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And the first track is summer solstice, not somewhere in the
desert. Also noticed several auto correct errors.


AsoTamaki
April 17th 2012


2525 Comments


The italics didn't work, maybe I did them incorrectly?
Yeah, it's BBcode so you need to use [brackets] instead of >.

qscott777
April 17th 2012


77 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow, I was about to review this. You beat me to it. Good review, although I'm not a huge fan of short reviews, but they seem to be popular right now. You really didn't do a lot to describe the music itself, but did a great job describing the record as a whole and mentioned some parts about it I hadn't noticed. I've noticed Chris using alliteration before but didn't notice it in Waves.

Good luck editing...everything seems to be messed up on sputnik right now for editing. I'd like to edit my reviews and can't.

Excellent recommendations!!!

These guys released a collection of b-sides in December. I haven't really checked it out yet though, but I thought I'd mention it. Also, they released a b-side titled Flowers shortly after this came out. If you liked Snowflakes, you'll like that one.

WatchItExplode
April 17th 2012


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I tried this out and could not get into it for the life of me. They have some interesting moments but overall this was the opposite of memorable.

StagnantWords
April 17th 2012


318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks qscott777, I'm very unfamiliar with music terminology, therefore I wanted to stay away from it as to not look like an idiot. I tried to edit, but its giving me an error screen every time I attempted to.

I had no idea they had a b-sides album, ill have to check it out.

qscott777
April 17th 2012


77 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fair enough. Yeah, I get the same error. Very frustrating. I hope they fix that soon. Also, I've heard all the members have expressed interest in resuming to Kaddisfly. They've had another record, Horses Galloping on Sailboats, written for a while, they just haven't recorded it.

UnnamedOcean
November 11th 2012


3980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

More people need to hear this album.

Pndi
January 24th 2013


465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i dearly miss this band

Pndi
January 25th 2013


465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well, now i dearly can't wait to hear Horses Galloping on Sail Boats



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