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Symphonic Prog

3.66 | 543 ratings

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2 stars I've always found Masque to be one of the early Kansas albums that doesn't really stick out at all. This album starts out with "It Takes a Woman's Love" sounding like blues influenced jam rock not unlike the Allman Brothers Band, which I honestly don't consider a good thing. "Two Cents Worth" pretty much has the same feel as the first track, continuing this album on what already seems like a downward spiral into bland country rock. "Icarus" finally displays the bands progressive writing, starting with keys and fiddle violin that evolves into a solid rock riff with heavy bass. The song doesn't really get too progressive, but it is definitely more so than the first couple songs and includes some great solo passages. "All the World" follows the same format as the previous song, but is just written in a softer style and I always considered it to be a better song overall with more emotion. The staccato violin chopping nearing the end of the track is a stand out moment that suits the song well. "The Pinnacle" is the most progressive track on the album and features a more whimsical take on everything that has already been present on this album, but packed into one track and with plenty of mood changes and terrific musicianship.

Like all Kansas' albums, this is countrified symphonic prog. I'm not really a fan, but a lot of American folks who like country sounding music really enjoy the power of this album.

colorofmoney91 | 2/5 |


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