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VINYL CONFESSIONS

Kansas

 

Symphonic Prog

2.71 | 199 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars Fair exchange

Vinyl Confessions - which was originally released in 1982 (on vinyl, of course) - was the first out of two albums with John Elefante replacing Steve Walsh on vocals. On the previous Audio-Visions, the band sounded tired and it was clear that something needed to change. Having a new lead singer seems to have given the band a much needed (but admittedly only slight) boost of new energy. Elefante was obviously chosen in virtue of sounding very much like Walsh, so even with an exchange of vocalist this album is a clear continuation from the previous one.

Right Away, Chasing Shadows, and Face It are credited to John Elefante together with his brother Dino Elefante (not a member of the band). Elefante also co-writes Play On with Kerry Livgren. Crossfire, Borderline, Windows, Diamonds And Pearls, and Fair Exchange are all credited to Livgren alone while the hit song Play The Game Tonight is credited to Livgren, Phil Ehart, Rich Williams, and a couple of outside writers in Danny Flower and Rob Frazier collectively.

It is common knowledge among fans of progressive Rock that the 80's were the dark ages for the genre. Virtually all my favourite bands that began their careers in the late 60's or early 70's peaked somewhere during the 70's and then went towards their absolute low points in the early 80's. Kansas is no exception to this rule. Together with the previous Audio-Visions and the subsequent Drastic Measures, Vinyl Confessions is clearly among the least good albums by the band. Nonetheless, these albums are worth having for fans of the band.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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