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Canadians from the Toronto area, THE KITE was one of those really interesting bands from the late '80s combining a musical recipe which included equal parts of Melodic Rock hooks, elegant AOR melodies and light proggy sounds.
With a typical pristine Canuck sound (produced by Rush collaborator Terry Brown) The Kite recorded their self-titled debut in 1991 released through the small local label Spy Records, distributed by A&M.
The sytle on the "The Kite" can be compared with Bricklin, Glass Tiger, Fozen Ghost, Gowan, Naked Eyes, but the band, as said, explores different paths occasionally adding little Hi-Tech touches in the vein of their underrated countrymen Eight Seconds, and neo prog arrangements akin Saga.
The melodic rock of opener "Breaking Point" and closer "Pages Turn", the rhythmically rich "Peculiar Donna" and "Raging Sea" and the Saga-type AOR of "Masquerading" (lots of keyboards) are amongst the best cuts here.
A personal favorite is "Breaking Point", the kind of AOR driven by synth stabs, a solid bass line and a light prog melody. Keyboardist Bryan Vamos plays real Mellotron here.
"The Kite" is a very recommended, enjoyable record where all the tracks are truly melodic, impeccably arranged and performed. Production is lush, crystal clear, with the traditional Canadian seal all over.
The CD was released in Europe a year after by a German label, but of course, "The Kite" never was reissued since then, and become out of print.
01 - Days Of Youth
02 - The Road Of Hope
03 - These Four Walls
04 - Peculiar Donna
05 - Raging Sea
06 - Breaking Point
07 - Diamonds To Dust
08 - World Of Lies
09 - Masquerading
10 - Pages Turn
Vocals, Guitar – Robbie Brennan
Keyboards, Mellotron – Bryan Vamos
Bass – Gregory Lewis
Drums – Robert Leader
THE KITE 1991 CDrip