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2 stars The eight piece of Styx

After the very good The Grand Illusion came this disappointing album. The band's short flirt with near-excellence was over as suddenly as it begun. The songs here are all straightforward rockers and arena anthems with little or no progressive features. Sure, there are occasional (and short) keyboard solos spread throughout the album, but the song structures are all basic, conventional middle-of-the-road Rock. The similar nature of almost all the songs makes the album a rather tedious listen as there is very little variation or diversity. The songs are rather short this time, but they are mostly longer than they deserve to be!

The only memorable song here, in my opinion, is Renegade. But even this is a rather straightforward rocker with a sing-a-long chorus. The title track and the mellow, jazzy instrumental outro Aku Aku are also acceptable, but nothing out of the ordinary.

The Prog fan's interest in Styx should not be directed towards this album as the band made several better albums both before and after this one.

Only recommended for Styx fans and collectors.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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