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Tom Ozric
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2 stars Of all the cheezy LP's I could possibly own, this is the only one I find cheezy !!! Cheezy for sure, but some of it is quite endearing to me. 'Kilroy Was Here' was the grand concept album Styx decided to finish up their 'Super- star' career with. Without waffling on about the story, some of the songs on this album have a very slight Proggy touch to them, very slight. I've always enjoyed the smash-hit 'Mr Roboto', with its dynamic Keyboard work and catchy riffs. 'Don't Let It End' is one of the superior 'power-ballads' that actually works - kind of a nod towards their most popular tune 'Babe', but much, much better. 'Heavy Metal Poisoning' is a cool, hard- rock oriented tune composed and sung by the hyper-active Guitarist James Young. Tommy Shaw's ' mini- epic' 'Just Get Through This Night' (6.01) features a typically Progressive intro with a brooding atmosphere, but gives way to a tasteful, even if a bit M.O.R., main section. Still, it's not a bad track. Other tracks on the album are pure Pop-music, the absolute low-point being 'High Time', especially with its rather 'dumb' horn section. The song 'Cold War' is one of the most listenable slices of cheeze I've heard. Funny how I've hung on to this album, along with their first 4 records. 2 stars, as this is strictly for the die-hard, or for those that enjoy 80's synth-pop (or more obscurely, like me, who are neither....)
Tom Ozric | 2/5 |


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