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Symphonic Prog

4.22 | 1016 ratings

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Chris H
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3 stars This is solid American semi-prog and this album was a good weapon against overseas competition. "Carry On Wayward Son", which is probably the #1 karaoke tune in America, is the opener for this album, excellent song and it's absolutely something that people should remember. "The Wall" is another magnificent track, one of my favorites from Kansas, especially the closing keyboard solo. Kerry Livgren's masterful work is evident on every track, but most notably on "What's On My Mind". That opening riff is mindblowing!

Other songs, however, including "Questions Of My Childhood" and "Cheyenne Anthem" are disappointing tracks, and you should just skip them. Not terrible, just not worth the listen. "Magnum Opus" is an overrated track as well. I do not see the need to call it 'Magnum' as it is only eight and a half minutes in length. The two bonus tracks are nothing special, when I listen to this album I end it before the bonus tracks.

So all in all, like I said before, this is a solid prog album and it was one of America's only answer to the British progressive movement. I think the good outweighs the bad, but I can still only call it average.

Chris H | 3/5 |


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