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LEFTOVERTURE

Kansas

 

Symphonic Prog

4.23 | 1278 ratings

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alainPP
4 stars 1. Carry On Wayward Its direct entry with the tube which made me discover KANSAS on a K7 vulgurus and which made me far from it... what a beautiful lonely title on it, and almost 30 years later, or more, I takes me back to this album; the title that makes you think of no other group, therefore a musical standard space; the piano, the guitar riff, the velvet keyboard break from velvet; this declension which immerses you in the prog-yes as with MMEB when all of a sudden it drifts onto a space where the voice is silent to leave the combat of the instruments; the energetic cover before a second guitar-keyboard solo super fruity, vitaminized with this bonbom which vibrates in your speakers and the fast end which makes you miss 2. The Wall 3 years before the real... drinkable intro, I have the impression that listening to music finally makes me eat fruit, I'm talking about adjectives often reserved for cooking; good a ballad with his violin, KANSAS that's it, that's what made me move away from it, and now I find it not bad; in fact it is with a traditional instrument in SHAMAN that I changed tack and better accepted the classical instrumentation in a group, except for GENESIS whose flute I immediately liked; good the romantic ballad with a keyboard solo that eye on those of Tony from GENESIS precisely; US symphonic rock that stands out from UK rock, more nervous, more heavy rock 3. What's on My Mind or the consensual title where we especially notice this heavy riff sign of AOR rock afterwards; a sweetness and a nervous chorus to lift the stadiums, yes at the time when the stadiums were used to listen to real music; the sudden break that launches Rich and Kerry's solo right behind; short good but not great either 4. Miracles Out of Nowhere for a folk rock title stamped Robby, vocals and violin for the pack; bordering on grandiloquent for the air, the choirs and sympho-folk-prog for the rest; the end is worth it for the association violin which brings the guitar to do its taff, a singular sound which resembles only them, that gig of hell at the end and that makes good, the génesisien organ recalling that c is a demarcation of the dinos above all 5. Opus Insert... I don't even want to check if this track was on that damn best of - bad of!! the title where the too high voice sharpens the rhythm and where you have to wait for the keyboard break to settle down a bit; by far I prefer the more melodic STYX with enchanting vocals; short in view of 'Song for America' I am disappointed; otherwise I would have found it fresh and inventive, a bit complex, perhaps too much, good all the same much more than the too crazy GENTLE GIANTS 6. Questions of My Childhood in the same vein with violin and piano gently dueling; more pop-rock country than anything else, nice but I can't find the progressive fiber as I hear it 7. Cheyenne Anthem acoustic guitar intro, Robby again on vocals on this track, a slow rise; I find there by retro listening to the sound of STYX and SHADOW GALLERY an obviousness on this title; soft violin as on the SOLSTICE, the folk side in front, Occitan at MINIMUM VITAL, Breton or Irish; well it starts all of a sudden on a jerky, nervous, burlesque, festive break, proto Balkans, on the madness of the Charisma sounds, there it is finally great; it sends me back to the GENESIS of the 80 paradoxical that! Back to acoustics before yet another super-typical symphonic flight! 8. Magnum Opus in 6 parts, roll of drums, keyboards of 'Flash' and shots, intro which takes place; grandiloquent and symphonic with a stratospheric guitar solo and a vibraphone ŕ la DIRE STRAITS, in short superb or how a tune can send you very high on the high ethereal layers; the break is provided, intense, it goes into all ranges; a deluge of synth notes above all; a slide of more or less improvised tunes, a sound which shows that there was not only YES to launch into fruity, dark, turlupine progressive drifts and a nothing on KING CRIMSON; in short it rocks this break you understood it well; most is the instrumental tirade that seems to never end .... VERY GOOD!( 4.5)
alainPP | 4/5 |

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