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DRASTIC MEASURES

Kansas

 

Symphonic Prog

2.21 | 184 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
2 stars Going through the motions

While the previous two albums were weak, the present one is the weakest in the entire Kansas catalogue. Drastic Measures is the second, and last, album with John Elefante on vocals, before Steve Walsh would return to the band again. Robby Steinhardt had quit the band at the end of the 1982 tour leaving them without a violinist for the first time.

Livgren's inspiration seems to have been drying up rapidly at this point and the Elefante brothers take an even larger responsibility for the songwriting on this album than they did on Vinyl Confessions, while Livgren contributes only three songs. The biggest problem with this is that the songs are just not memorable enough. The lyrics may be the weakest link here. Andi, for example, is a song about a boy who wants to be a lady! An unusual theme for a hard rocking band to explore.

Mainstream and Going Through The Motions are very dangerous song titles for any band to use, because it surely invites reviewers to apply these terms to the band which on this occasion is indeed apt. Several songs are about the Rock 'N' Roll life style and associated themes.

Drastic Measures is the least interesting Kansas album, recommended for fans and collectors only.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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