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Steve Walsh


Crossover Prog

3.43 | 71 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 stars really

Steve Walsh is without doubt one of the most pleasent and recognazible voices in prog music and in music in general, he made history with Kansas but also he has a solo career. His first solo album was released when Kansas was on the waves of popularity worldwide in 1980, his second offer will come 20 years later named Glossolalia in 2000 a Magna Carta issue. Well, this album took more then usual to get into, but after I discoverd his underneath treasures I definetly say that is his best solo album and why not can easely rival with Kansas around that time. Glossolalia is an eclectic album, hard to categorized, when is prog rock, when is almost prog metal when is rock, but all pieces had a truly progressive atmosphere. Besides music who is very debanding , quirky most of the time, the line -up is top notch, his Kansas mate on bass Billy Greer, Virgil Donati on drums, the master behind Magellan music - Trent Gartner on keyboards and various instruments and few more invited guest, so a stellar line-up. The high light for me are opening title track Glossolalia, Serious Wreckage - here Walsh demonstrates that is still in bussines big time, a truly great piece and Haunted Man, the rest are also good but not really spectacular. Some of the arrangements of course recalls Kansas but also Magellan's music, Trent Gartner was also the producer of the album and co writte some passages with Walsh, so his wrtting manner are to be found here and there. All in all more then decent album, with some very good original parts but also some more usual ones, but overall is good. I think fans of Kansas will get into Glossolalia pretty hard, is not quite one spin album. 3.5 stars for sure. Intresting art work and strange in same time, like the title of the album who is know as speaking in tongues without meaning of any word said.

b_olariu | 3/5 |


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