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Fools Paradise - 2002 No Need To Explain

ARTIST: Fools Paradise
ALBUM: No Need To Explain
SERIAL: 07022
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Detlef Kapteina - electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, keyboard programming * Martin Saermark - bass, synthmodule, lead & backing vocals * Soren Kragh Rasmussen - synthesizers, hammond B3, grand piano * Klaus Vesterskov - drums, percussion * Jakob Schmid - electronic drum programming * Pia Nesgaard Sorensen - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Leaving * 02 Listen To Me * 03 Give A Little Love * 04 Need To Explain * 05 You Are The One * 06 Imagination * 07 You Are My Life * 08 Sensation Creation * 09 Anyway I Still Love You * 10 Feel Alone Stay Alone * 11 Hello And You

Fools Paradise was the duo of Detlef Kapteina and Martin Saermark with four studio musicians in tow. Based in Denmark, Kaptenia was originally from Germany although other than that your guess is as good as mine. Seriously, I wish I knew more about these guys considering there are currently YouTube clips available that are not from this, their 2002 CD. Was there another release, a single perhaps or are they just demos? A mystery at this point but one I would like to solve based on the quality found on 'No Need To Explain'.

The Songs
The duo's sound is squarely in the progressive pop camp with a light airy feel similar to the later Sky albums. Pendragon, the Paul Menel fronted IQ and of course Genesis factor in Fools Paradise melodic worldview with very little if any pomp or bombast and I might be stretching it a bit, but some of this reminds me of the direction current prog poster boys Elbow would take years later. There's some great stuff here and a big '80s Genesis shout out for 'Listen To Me' and the hooky 'Give A Little Love' which should more than satisfy followers of the band's arena rock era. 'You are the One' continues the poppy prog love fest and kudos to the synth work of Soren Rasmussen who adds just the right amount of texture and colour throughout the disc's eleven tracks. That's right, no Keith Emerson or Rick Wakeman ivory wankery for Rasmussen, having more in common with Tony Banks. A no muss, no fuss style and rock solid writing thanks to Kaptenia which should have enormous appeal for the progressive-minded not afraid of a catchy song or two and AOR fans who don't mind their tuneage hitting the five to seven minute mark as on the closing Pink Floyd-ish 'Hello and You'.

In Summary
I picked up 'No Need To Explain' on eBay earlier this year but haven't seen it available since. Hard to say if it's rare or not and I personally don't think so since at the time two copies were available at 30 to 50 dollars a pop from the same seller but it's definitely worth looking out for and if anyone has further info on Fools Paradise, please drop us a line.

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