Kayak seem to get little respect in the prog community who tend to criticize the band for being too commercial, and to some extent they are right. They leaned more towards shorter and concise material rather than longer songs normally associated with progressive rock, especially so on the later albums with vocalist Ed Reekers. While very popular in their native Holland, they failed to crack the North American market. This was a shame as Kayak’s music would have had great appeal to fans of Kansas and Styx.
See See The Sun will have the most appeal to prog fans as it’s drenched in Mellotron, and even at this early stage it’s clear Ton Scherpenzeel was and is a world class keyboardist. He dominates the Kayak sound even adding Harpsichord on several tracks which sounds better on the record than it looks on paper. Max Werner’s vocals are similar to Gabriel’s giving Kayak a slight Genesis feel throughout. Drummer Pim Koopman offers lead vocals on 'Forever is a Lonely Thought' sounding a lot like Barclay James Harvest, and 'Mammoth' is surreal and a bit dark in its use of a Circus music theme which shows the band could be highly creative in the space of just three minutes. No easy task for any band. This is the magic of Kayak.