Review: Richard Kapp — Point Of No Return

written by Rob McNamara

Pianoman Richard Kapp © Constanze Trzebin
“Kapp will reel you in with his sumptuous melodies, but then cut your snout off with his lyrics.”

Richard Kapp, a relative veteran of the lounge pop scene, returns with his seventh LP. Always a clever lyricist who wraps his vernacular round dazzling piano work, the subject matter on ‘The Point of No Return’ moves onto more mature considerations but retains Kapp’s ability to get a point across just as the listener is beginning to get distracted.

If this album proves anything, it’s that Kapp will reel you in with his sumptuous melodies, but then cut your snout off with his lyrics. ‘Appetite’ is a funk laden track that has you thinking of late ’70s New York soul with its high-end bass and beat. ‘Expecting Suspects’ and ‘Double Me’ exhibit some familiar Kapp chamber pop, once again showcasing his more contemplative, classical side.

The melodies on Kapp records are always faultless but it appears that he has composed his greatest moment on ‘You Are’. It is simply gorgeous and reminiscent of Randy Newman in his quieter moments. ‘I Am the One’ almost equals it, but only just falls short.

Artwork “Point Of No Return”

The Acid Jazz tones of ‘Sugazabrakatolla’ lead to the vaudevillian title track that has Duke Special written all over it, while ‘Dreams Are Made of Steel’ is a Mick Talbot like number.

“The music is always sweetness and light but there is a dark humour behind it.”

‘Lottery of Life’ has a distinct Todd Rundgren feel to it. It’s light, fun and has a great hook while ‘Drucken’ is sung in Austrian Kapp’s native tongue.

Kapp never leaves an opportunity to match satire with emphatic point making and he absolutely rips the piss out of the music industry with ‘Sticky Song’ and ‘Conversations After the Show’.

That sums the guy up. The music is always sweetness and light but there is a dark humour behind it. He’s as sharp as a tack and 10 years on from his debut album, ‘A Tie For Free’. he is showing no sign of losing his acerbic wit.