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3.89 | 153 ratings

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4 stars Only their first proper album and already they are one of the best US prog bands around, and it's mainly because of their diversity of sound. They still have the classic Kansas sound, ('Gloriana', 'Theophany') just subtract the violin and add sax and flute. Would you believe there's even a 90's Tull sound to some songs! Wild! Special mention must go to Lynn Meredith. He has a voice that over time and numerous replays grows on you and sounds very, very good, and at times reminds you, of all people, Peter Hamill, ('Leaven', Axolotl'). The melodies are very memorable in the best way. In fact, in a perfect world, 'Occasion Of Your Honest Dreaming' would be a massive hit, it's that catchy. All players are excellent, but Kerry Livgren's composing is some of his best, at least since "Point Of No Return". If you are any kind of fan of American prog and you're looking for some well played, thoughtful songs that stick inside your head for days, this album is your salvation, brother! I'm looking forward to their next album with bated breath. 4.5 stars with no problem!!! Just plain awesome!
NJprogfan | 4/5 |


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