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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars It's incredible to think 20 years had gone by since this lineup did a record together. Steve Walsh's vocals seem a little harsher than they used to, but he's still in fine form.

The first song on this album has become one of my all-time favourite KANSAS songs. "Icarus II" has great affects, lyrics and vocals. I like the intense line "Here they come..." and then the music gets really heavy .This is a song about a WWII pilot. All you have to hear are the opening piano and violin melodies to know it's KANSAS. "When The World Was Young" is another good song, opening with a nice guitar riff that continues throughout, nice vocal harmonies, and Steve is singing very passionate on this one.

"Grand Fun Alley" is another winner, with cool guitar melodies throughout and a catchy chorus. "The Coming Dawn" is a ballad. "Myriad" features lots of time changes, a guitar solo and a beautiful violin melody. The next two songs don't do a lot for me but "Distant Vision" is a good one, with a piano intro, and violin and organ leading the way. "Byzantium" features a gregorian chant, and along with the final tune are so-so.

Again "Icarus II" has to be one of the best songs to come out in 2000, and if your a fan of seventies KANSAS you owe it to yourself to check this album out. What a comeback album for the band.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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