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3.14 | 131 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 - Lighten up peeps, this is actually a fun album to listen to.

You Need Love is great sounding arena rock. Nice solid sounding guitar work and vocals. The song is FUN

Lady the first "hit" is the worst song here and was the harbinger of crappy DeYoung piffle to follow. I absolutely despise this song. Had it been the first song I ever heard by them I would have never purchased the album.

A Day is the first prog rock song on the album. I personally like it a lot. Nothing flashy but it just sounds great and has a great feeling during the jam session in the middle of the song. Again, don't take it like its brain surgery and you'll realize just how good it sounds.

You Better Ask is a stupid song and keeping with the sense of humour idea I can let it pass. It's a standard rock song and just as bad as Lady. My bet is Lady is the before song and this is the after song, but since it's tongue in cheek it's actually tolerable.

Little Fugue and Father OSA get us back to proper prog and again, if you can live without spectacular riff shreading musicianship and can just enjoy the ambience and feel of the song you will really enjoy it.

Earl of Roseland is a soso standard rock tune. Not bad, not great and even has some interesting moments in the middle.

I'm Gonna Make You Feel It. I wish they had explored this a little more. It had as much potential as You Need Love at the beginning but it's like they just said "oops, outa time THAT"S A RAP".

Anyhow, this is really my favorite Styx album. Pieces of Eight being the last one I can actually listen to. They were still figuring out how they were gonna do things so it's all over the map. I really like the sound they had though. The guitars, keyboards, drums, bass and vocals are pretty much perfect. The songs aren't necessarily the best they ever did, but to me it's the best they ever sounded.

| 3/5 |


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