1. Somebody
2. La Peregrina
3. Falling
4. Feathers And Tar
5. Walk Through Fire
6. Ripples On The Water
7. All That I Want
8. X Marks The Spot
9. God On Our Side
10. Love, Sail Away
11. Cracks
12. To An End

Ton Scherpenzeel - Keyboards
Bart Schwertmann - Vocals
Marcel Singor - Guitar
Kristoffer Gildenlöw - Bass
Collin Leijenaar – Drums

See See the Sun (1973)
Kayak II (1974)
Royal Bed Bouncer (1975)
The Last Encore (1976)
Starlight Dancer (1977)
Phantom of the Night (1978)
Periscope Life (1980)
Merlin (1981)
Close to the Fire (2000)
Night Vision (2001)
Merlin – Bard of the Unseen (2003)
Nostradamus – The Fate of Man (2005) (double CD) / Excerpts from Nostradamus – The Fate of Man (2005) (single CD)
Coming Up for Air (2008)
Letters from Utopia (2009)
Anywhere but Here (2011)
Cleopatra – The Crown of Isis (2014)

Lean Robbemont - drums
Rens van der Zalm - fiddle (10)
Izak Boom - banjo, ukelele (9)
Nico Outhuijse - percussion (2,5,6,8,11), add. vocals
+ special guest
Andy Latimer - guitar (6)

all tracks written by Ton Scherpenzeel
produced & arranged by Ton Scherpenzeel
co-production: Irene Linders
recorded at KHS The Netherlands by the band, at Lakeside Studios, Loosdrecht engineered by Patrick Drabe
additional recordings and mixed at The Grien Room, Leeuwarden by Nico Outhuijse
mastered by Darius van Helfteren

Released 2018-01-12
Reviewed 2018-02-20


Paddling Dutchmen are returning with their seventeenth album in a career stretching back all the way to 1972, over 45 years albeit with a quite long break between 1982 and 1999 but still a rather impressive span for a music career – especially for a band not really heard of. They have had some minor successes but nothing that stands out but this latest effort has actually already done well in the charts in their home country. It is a seventeenth album with a dozen tracks and a playing time of an hour where most of the tracks are quite short and poppy and two are very long and more adventurous.

Really good production, the soundscape is very impressive. The vocalist is quite good as well, even though he might not be the most standout singer I have ever heard. The songs are not the most standout ones I have heard either, especially from the creative point of view. But it is an album that is easy to take to and easy to like, it will probably go down well with fans of the progressive rock genre. Still, it could have been a bit shorter, and more dynamic – perhaps they could have skipped a few of the shorter songs to make it a bit more exciting.

Overall I think that Seventeen is a good album, it offers good songs and a very solid handiwork. But it is an album without real standout moments, it has no distinct hit song and it can’t really be described as something particularly adventurous. It works and I thin especially the two songs that plays for more than ten minutes makes it worthwhile, these tracks are pretty adventurous even though they may not be amongst the absolute best I have ever heard.

Got to write that this is a rather good album, fairly enjoyable overall but without really being particularly memorable. It works and I doubt anyone will be overly disappointed if buying this album. Personally I have the great benefit to get to hear the albums before considering buying them and that has left me with the insight that while this album may be good, I don’t really think that it is worth buying. The final conclusion has to be that Seventeen is a good but not a very memorable album.




Label: InsideOut
Three similar bands: Genesis/Camel/Knight Area
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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