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SONG FOR AMERICA

Kansas

 

Symphonic Prog

4.13 | 701 ratings

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Ruglish
4 stars Surprisingly complex '70s American prog.

On this, Kansas' second, Steve Walsh sounds impatient, like he's itching to ditch the 10- minute epics in favor of "Carry on my Wayward Son"-style AOR pomp -- already staking out a presence on this album with a hard-rolling boogie "Down the Road" -- but proghead Livgren is still the man. If you can suffer through the first three minutes and 43 seconds, you'll enter pure symphonic heaven.

All throughout the rest of the album, the synth, the violin and the guitar are locked in a three-way race to invent the most melodic symphonic riff ever, while drums and bass roll merrily along, setting your toes a-tapping even while playing in 11/8.

Nifty stuff, but fans of Dark Maestros Fripp and Hamill beware -- this band is about as bleak as a nice summer day.

Ruglish | 4/5 |

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