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3.20 | 65 ratings

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3 stars I was a little amazed to see a new Proto-Kaw release after the announcement a while ago about the disbanding of the group. Then on top of that the stroke Kerry Livgren had.Things must be going better for the legend. This collection seems to grow on me the more I listen to it. Lyrically Kerry always amazes me how he portrays spirituality without slamming something in your face. He seems to make a lot of sense and brings about good thinking with the subject, without the cheese of other spiritually guided Prog lyricist ( Sorry, not dogging you Neal...I love ya.) Musically Lynn's vocals have never been better and Kerry's nephew also sings and is very good. Sleeping Giant is an odd song that could have been on a Chicago or Doobie Brother's (Michael Mcdonald Era) album. On the Air (Again) is one of my Favorite songs that seems to have a little power to it along with Cold and Clear. Lay It Down seems to be a Mid-Life perspective that really spoke to me, musically it was OK, they seem a little mellower this time out. Overall this CD is more relaxed or just seems to be missing something but it is growing on me, that said they just sound a tad tired on most songs. Perhaps they are just being a little more relaxed with old age and that's fine I guess but my own opinion is that "Before Became After" CD will always be the Highlight from this group.
Ravensday | 3/5 |


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