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LEFTOVERTURE

Kansas

 

Symphonic Prog

4.21 | 682 ratings

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WaywardSon
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5 stars This was the breakthrough album for Kansas, lyrically and musically it´s hard to beat. The album opens with "Carry On Wayward Son" which I´m sure almost everyone has heard! Strangely enough this was the last song that was selected for the album, and just as well because it became one of their biggest hits worldwide.

"The Wall" is a true classic. At a young age Kerry Livgren was looking for spiritual enlightenment and this is reflected in his lyrics..

"The moment is a masterpiece, the weight of indecision´s in the air It´s standing there, the symbol and the sum of all that´s me It´s just a travesty, towering, blocking out the light and blinding me I want to see"

Definitely one of Livgren´s strongest compositions. A fine performance by Steve Walsh!

"What´s on my mind" is probably the most straight forward rocker on this album, with Steve Walsh sounding a lot like Paul Rodgers of Bad Company (Rodgers is one of Wash´s favourite vocalists)

"Miracles out of Nowhere" has some beautiful acoustic segments and some great lyrics. I especially like the part where he describes someone´s mother

"And though your body´s ailin´you, your mind is just like new Tell me where you´re going to?"

"Opus Insert" has some very comforting lyrics telling us that the spirit is surrounding us all! Some people say that lyrics aren´t that important, but in the case of Kansas, the lyrics are one of the best things about this band!

"Questions of my childhood" is another song with spiritual lyrics and beautiful musical time changes to accompany them.

"Cheyenne Anthem" is one of Livgren´s songs dealing with the mortality of man. Steinhardt shares the vocals with Wash on this one. This is a song that gives me goose bumps!

The album closes with the epic "Magnum Opus" , an instrumental divided into six parts. This is an amazing musical journey (especially on headphones)

One of the greatest albums ever made.

WaywardSon | 5/5 |

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