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GLOSSOLALIA

Steve Walsh

 

Crossover Prog

3.44 | 62 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars WHEN WALSH MEETS DREAM THEATER

Steve Walsh has been one OF the voice that has reared my mid teens years back to the great Song For America from "Kansas". It is nice to see that he is still in business a quarter of a century later. I was not very enthusiastic with his first solo effort "Schemer" (two stars) and I wondered how I would react to "Glossolalia".

The title track is almost prog-metal : very heavy riff (close to "Dream Theater") combined with a different type of vocals (but it has been quite some time that his voice has changed). Totally unexpected, I should say (the heavy-prog-metal side, not the voice).

The rock ballad "Serious Wreckage" is easy listening music but passionless and dull. More metal sounds again a bit later on and a gospel-like finale is not really what I had hoped, I'm afraid. Poor. Indeed, a "Serious Wreckage". And it goes on unfortunately with the funky-noisy "Heart Attack". Useless.

With such a title, the song "Kansas" I didn't know what to expect. It is actually the first track with some potential on this album. Long instrumental intro featuring good piano work (you know, like "Kansas" in their debuts) and melodic chorus (although a bit pompous). But don't expect a masterpiece : it is too repetitive, waaaaaaay too long. An average song, that's all.

Like "Serious Wreckage", the next song "Nothing" says it all in its title. A syrupy acoustic ballad with little flavour. Before each new song starts, I am waiting for something good to happen, but each time I am mostly disappointed. This album is invaded with heavy metal.

"Glossolaila" does not work very well for me. Too much American style music probably. I can't really point out one single great song here.

Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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