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STYX is one of those bands that are always mentioned with some fear and shame by the Progressive Rock fan, because they always played in the border that divides Prog from plain POP, I believe the best way to describe them is as Prog Related (understanding this description as the simplest and more commercial form of Progressive Rock) blended with AOR, somehow in the same vein as JOURNEY or BOSTON but much more complex.

Officially born in 1972 from the ashes of "The TRADEWINS" and "TW4" was formed by the Panozzo twins (Chuck on bass and John on drums), Dennis de Young (vocals and keyboards), James Young (guitar, vocals) and John Curulewski (guitar, vocals).

In the first years they were closer to progressive rock than ever, from 1972 to 1974 the band released four albums, "Styx", "Styx II", "The Serpent is Rising" and "Man of Miracles", even though they were popular in Chicago, still the band couldn't reach commercial success. As a curiosity, in their first album they recorded "Movement for a Common Man" based in Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, almost five years before ELP. In 1975 they release their more commercially consistent album (at that point of course) "Equinox" which blended Rock & Roll, Pop and Progressive Rock in an efficient way, "Light Up", "Lorelei" and "Suite Madam Blue" are the first songs in which the band achieve some financial success and show the sound they pretended to create.

1976 was a crucial year for "STYX", John Curulewski leaves the band and is replaced by Tommy Shaw who became the front man with his California boy image (Even when he was born in Montgomery Alabama) and melodic but elaborate style, the band finally had the face capable of reaching the female public and massive acceptance, but writing some of the best STYX themes. "Crystal Ball" was released in the same year with a moderate success, "Crystal Ball", "Mademoiselle" and "Put me On" became favorites in their massive concerts, the band was reaching their commercial peak but started to abandon prog rock and turning into an ARENA band.

At this point the story is well known, "The Grand Illusion" became a platinum album with major hits like "Fooling Yourself" and of course "Come Sail Away", also their three next albums "Pieces of Eight", "Cornerstone" and "Paradise Theater" reached commercial success with tracks that go from light prog' to soft pop ballads.

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2.80 | 82 ratings
Styx
1972
3.12 | 83 ratings
Styx II
1973
2.91 | 76 ratings
The Serpent Is Rising
1973
2.71 | 75 ratings
Man of Miracles
1974
3.48 | 127 ratings
Equinox
1975
3.07 | 114 ratings
Crystal Ball
1976
3.69 | 191 ratings
The Grand Illusion
1977
3.63 | 154 ratings
Pieces of Eight
1978
2.63 | 125 ratings
Cornerstone
1979
2.89 | 133 ratings
Paradise Theater
1981
2.08 | 104 ratings
Kilroy was Here
1983
2.70 | 50 ratings
Edge of the Century
1990
2.81 | 44 ratings
Brave New World
1999
3.26 | 40 ratings
Cyclorama
2003
3.31 | 40 ratings
Big Bang Theory
2005

STYX Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.71 | 31 ratings
Caught In The Act Live
1984
3.75 | 21 ratings
Return to Paradise
1997
2.17 | 5 ratings
Arch Allies - Live At Riverport
2000
3.91 | 7 ratings
Styxworld Live 2001
2001
3.00 | 3 ratings
At The River's Edge - Live In St. Louis
2002
3.00 | 4 ratings
21st Century Live
2003

STYX Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.07 | 14 ratings
Return To Paradise (DVD)
1999
3.71 | 11 ratings
Styx and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra Of Cleveland: One With Everything
2006
2.75 | 10 ratings
Caught In The Act: Live 1984
2007
3.67 | 11 ratings
The Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight Live
2012

STYX Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.61 | 9 ratings
Best of Styx
1977
3.23 | 7 ratings
Classics, Vol 15
1987
2.84 | 29 ratings
Greatest Hits
1995
3.30 | 6 ratings
Greatest Hits Part 2
1996
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Best of Times: The Best of Styx
1997
4.08 | 3 ratings
The Singles Colllection
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Lady: The Encore Collection
2000
2.25 | 4 ratings
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Styx
2002
2.38 | 4 ratings
Rockers
2003
3.38 | 7 ratings
Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology
2004
3.32 | 20 ratings
The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings
2005

STYX Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Lady
1973
4.00 | 1 ratings
Light Up
1975
5.00 | 1 ratings
Best Thing
1975
3.00 | 1 ratings
Lorelei
1975
5.00 | 1 ratings
Come Sail Away
1977
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sing For The Day
1978
5.00 | 1 ratings
Blue Collar Man
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Enganandote (El Joven Enojado)
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
Boat On The River
1979
2.00 | 1 ratings
Lights
1979
5.00 | 1 ratings
Renegado (Renegade)
1979
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best Of Times
1980
4.00 | 1 ratings
Too Much Time On My Hands
1981
4.00 | 1 ratings
Rockin' The Paradise
1981
3.25 | 4 ratings
Regeneration
2011

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 Styx II by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.12 | 83 ratings

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Review by Fearabsentia

4 stars Styx-Styx II

After their stellar debut, Styx continued down a similar path of progressive rock, except this album features more variety between styles.

The album begins with a Beatle-esque rocker 'You Need Love', which is catchy but is lacking compared to the more Deep Purple-like rockers of the previous album. The other shorter rocking tracks are unfortunately the weaker tracks, the other shorter songs being the annoying 'You Better Ask' and the decent yet bland 'I'm Going to Make You Feel It'. One of the better songs is the popular 'Lady', which is Styx's first venture into power ballads that they would become so known for in the later 70's. It has a great build up, and nice lyrics. My favorite from the album is definitely the 8-minute 'A Day', which is one of my favorite Styx songs. I love guitarist John Curulewski's vocals in this bluesy and meandering prog rock masterpiece. 'Father OSA' is another highlight, having some great organ work by Dennis DeYoung.

The lyrics fluctuate quite a bit, ranging from happy-go-lucky lyrics on songs like 'You Need Love' and 'Earl of Roseland' to darker more ominous tracks like 'A Day'.

Overall, I don't have much else to say about this album. I don't find it nearly as good as their debut, but it still has it's shining moments and I recommend mostly for the great track 'A Day'.

Hope you found this review helpful.

(Originally written for www.MetalMusicArchives.com on October 18th 2014.)

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 Styx by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1972
2.80 | 82 ratings

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Review by GruvanDahlman
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3 stars Styx is probably most remembered (and revered) for their albums from the second half of the 70's and first half of the 80's. I suppose that's when they were in their prime, so to speak. A nice surprise, then, is this album which happens to be their first. Not slightly different to the more well known but very different. Is that any good?

The polished and very well produced albums from later years, such as Paradise Theatre or Pieces of eight, are great stuff to enjoy. What you will find on their debut album is very much a raw, unpolished album. Yet it is both visionary and progressive, at least up to a point.

The first track is the most progressive, "Fanfare for the common man": Stretching out, the 13 minutes or so, the song or epic is made up of several parts and many ideas. There is even a spoken part in the middle, where people off the street are talking about work and economy. That is quite intriguing. The whole of the track is a sort of showcse for the album as a whole. Hard rock with great organ work and sometimes distorted bass. It is a showcase for their love of hard rock. Of further note, when discussing the songs, is "Quick is the beat of my heart". That is one song that really sticks out in my ears. Heavy, raucious hard rock of the finest quality. Wery good indeed! I find that while no track is bad, they are all good, none really stand out in form or sound. It is all very similar, except for "Fanfare for the common man".

As ever with Styx the album is well produced but not as polished as later ones. In fact, it is not polished at all. It is very raw and kicking like an animal. While I find it very enjoyable and being a fan of early hard rock/metal this obviously brings sensations to me. On the other hand it is not that exceptional. It is good, early 70's hard rock, spiced with progressive leanings. It is not that complex, rather it is quite accessible and is easy to dig. However, the run-of-the-mill hard rock, no matter how good it appears, is that it is similar to other bands and better albums. Nothing is wrong but nothing is exceptional either. You could find more inventive and exciting albums from the likes of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Budgie or any of the greats from the period. One good thing is that Styx is leaning away from pure blues and are not tempted to put in some awful boogie track, to (un)even things off.

As a conclusion I would like to add that Styx (the album) is cohesive, connected and good. By no means essential. It is simply a very enjoyable album and that can sometimes be good enough.

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 Styx by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1972
2.80 | 82 ratings

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Review by Fearabsentia

5 stars Styx-Styx I

The late 60's and early 70's were great years for starting a progressive rock band. Bands like Yes, King Crimson, and Gentle Giant all formed during this time, however, Styx seems to either be forgotten or hated among the prog community. I have never understood why, they are no less progressive then Yes or Genesis in my opinion. In fact, Styx's debut happens to be on of my favorite debuts of all time.

The album begins with the nearly 14-minute epic 'Movement for the Common Man', which is split into four parts. Most of the parts fluctuate from hard rock and acoustic flowing passages, with the exception of the experimental spoken word part 'Street Collage' and a rendition of Aaron Copland's 'Fanfare for the Common Man' . The song 'What Has Come Between Us' is another highlight, with Dennis DeYoung really showing his keyboard skills. Most of the other songs on the album are very Deep Purple like, with great organ work and heavy guitar mixed with the unique prog rock that Styx has already developed. 'Quick is the Beat of My Heart' is probably my favorite of these tracks, don't be fooled by the name it's actually a very dark song ending with chamber organ that sounds very ominous.

Original guitarist John Curulewski's performance is amazing, he conducts some awesome solos in songs like 'Best Thing' and 'Quick is the Beat of My Heart'. It's too bad that he left after 'Equinox', because his riffing was amazing. One of the best prog rock guitarists in my opinion. Drummer John Panozzo also gives a great performance with very unique and avant-garde drum-work, especially on the 'Movement for the Common Man'.

Overall, If you enjoy some good hard rocking prog I would definitely go pick this up. Flawless, and one of my favorite debut albums of all time.

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 Cornerstone  by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.63 | 125 ratings

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Review by aglasshouse

3 stars "Cornerstone" is the ninth studio album by the american progressive/hard rock band, STYX.

After their second huge hit-producing album "Pieces of Eight", STYX released the followup album, "Cornerstone", in 1979. It can immediately be assumed that the follow album to a triple-platinum certified record is usually not as up to scratch as the former. Many times, a band loses their cool after taking their success too lightly, and releases a complete piece of garbage. In the case of "Cornerstone", it's a mix.

Let's start off with the worst. The ballads. Dennis DeYoung made two of them on the album, one of which became the only US #1 single on the charts. 'First Time' is a power-ballad that was meant to become the second single on the album, but instead was replaced with 'Borrowed Time' as a single release. Sadly, the song got a meager #63 on the charts. 'Babe' is the #1 single hit ballad that I was talking about before. Unlike 'First Time', 'Babe' is just a lame, poppy ballad that sounds like some soul artist wrote and sang it and not STYX. Both ballads are unremarkable, and in my opinion, un-listenable.

Synth is a huge annoyance on this album. Songs like 'Why Me', 'First Time' and 'Lights', have over-whelming synthesizer constantly blasting you with every note. Not enjoyable by any means.

Asides from the bad tracks, there are songs on the album that are enjoyable, like 'Boat On A River', which uses a menacing acoustic sound with nice light lyrics to make for an awesome mix. There are driving tracks, like 'Eddie' and 'Borrowed Time', of which have a nice constant rocking tone.

I would say that this album is totally worth picking up.

Go give it a listen.

(Originally written for the Metal Music Archives on 10/5/14)

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 Styx II by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.12 | 83 ratings

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Styx II
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Review by Unitron

5 stars Styx-Styx II

Styx's debut had a tough act to follow, seeing as it is one of the best prog rock debuts ever created. Now of course all the prog-snobs will just turn their backs and say it sucks without even listening to the album, but I'm not one to do that. I don't think this 2nd release is as good as their debut, but it still rocks!

1: You Need Love starts the album off with some joyous keyboard and catchy guitar riffs. The swirling guitar and the jazzy feel of the drums are just great. The chorus is really catchy as well. The short bridge is surprisingly kind of menacing. The lyrics remind me of a Beatles song, and this is just a really feel good song. (10/10)

2: Lady is the only single from the album, that didn't become a hit until a few years later. A song DeYoung dedicated to his wife, his voice is really strong on this song. The beautiful piano intro eventually leads into some really rocking guitar. During the chorus, John Panozzo really kicks ass with his drums being complimented perfectly by JC's guitar. A great song to sing a long to. (9/10)

3: A Day. The longest song on the album at 8 minutes and 25 seconds, this song begins with a great bluesy feel with the great bass. A song where guitarist John Curulewski sings and really shows his singing and songwriting talent. His voice sometimes reminds me of Steven Wilson of prog metal band Porcupine Tree. When the piano and acoustics come in they don't really lead just enhance the moody blues atmosphere, because the bass is really the dominating part of this song. The piano during the chorus are among some of the best of DeYoung's performances. The bridge is where the drums and guitar come in and keep that blues-jazz feel. J Panozzo really shines with his drumming here, and Curulewski strikes gold with his guitar work almost getting somewhat proto-metal at times. DeYoung comes back in with great keyboard work before the bass starts jamming again. Very moody, and easily my favorite song on the album. (10/10)

4: You Better Ask is the weakest song on the album. The lyrics are really weak and the chorus and instrumentation gets really annoying, sounding like something Aerosmith would make. Other then the interesting Percussion work, I don't find anything enjoyable about this song. (2/10)

5-6: Father OSA begins with the intro 'Little Fugue in G' which is originally from a Bach piece. This is a really nice way of starting off the song. The actual song begins with uplifting guitar riffs and great organ. Once the vocals come in it gets that classic Styx feel with grandiose organ, great lyrics, and the guitars complimenting the keyboard. There isn't really much else to say, it's just a great song. (9/10)

7: Earl of Roseland starts out with really rocking guitar and great drums. After the chorus, there is a really beautiful piano break which is a great touch. The solo is great, but there isn't really much else to say. A great rocker. (9/10)

8: I'm Gonna Make You Feel It. Okay, the lyrics aren't strong, but it's a nice rocker. Great catchy guitar and Deep Purple-like organ. Not much to say. (6/10)

Overall, Styx II shows Styx experimenting a bit. They were trying out new things, some things worked out, some didn't. Fortunately, their next album would be my favorite Styx album, and one of my favorite prog rock albums of all time.

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 Styx by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1972
2.80 | 82 ratings

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Styx
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Review by Unitron

5 stars Styx-Styx

Time to give Styx their proper respect as one of my favorite progressive rock bands of all time. Yep, I said that, right up there with Rush, IQ, King Crimson, and Pink Floyd. Rush and Styx were the two bands that introduced me to progressive rock, and I still love them both to this day. Styx's debut is very different to the later art-rock they would later produce on other masterpieces like 'The Grand Illusion'. Styx's first three albums are among some of the best prog rock albums ever created and should be given their proper respect.

1. Movement for the Common Man. The album opens up with Drummer John Panozzo banging the drums to usher in this 13-minute epic. Guitarist James Young gives us his classic heavy vocals while original lead guitarist John Curulewski 'JC' is giving us some classic 70's riffs. When the chorus for part one 'Children of the Land' come in you get all the vocalists together which would become a prominent feature of Styx's music. Throughout part one, 'JC's' guitar is constantly having solos which I haven't seen very much, then Dennis DeYoung gives some great keyboard while 'JC' keeps kicking-ass with his riffs and solos. Panozzo comes back in with some interesting percussion and just uses more kinds of drums I've ever heard in one band. An amazing blues like bass bridge comes in with awesome organ and guitar, with some proto-metal guitar work by JC, which ends part one. A train moving sound effect signals part two to come which is one of the most experimental things in any song I've heard, where it's just a random conversation between two guys. Appropriately titled 'Street Collage', this part acts like a perfect bridge for this experimental epic. Styx then makes their own rock rendition of Aaron Copland's 'Fanfare For the Common Man' with great guitar and organ work. After some power drumming, DeYoung strikes gold with his keyboard till great acoustics come in complimented by DeYoung's synth. The epic ends with DeYoung starting to sing with beautiful piano and guitar in 'Mother Nature's Matinee', and JC going crazy on the guitar and a synth blast. So much going on in this epic, I could swear I was listening to something 20 minutes long. One of the best prog rock epics I've ever heard. (10/10)

2. Right Away. Starting with nice relaxing guitar, Right Away quickly gets a bluesy feel with JY's voice till the piano gets stronger. The drumming just keeps a steady beat throughout the entire song which sounds great. JC conducts an awesome solo. There's not much else to say about this song, A good song still. (7/10)

3. What Has Become Between Us. Beginning with DeYoung quickly pounding on the piano, this song quickly gets heavy guitar riffs and go perfectly together. Great acoustics begin while DeYoung's beautiful voice ushers in the heavy guitar to come back in. The bridge is amazing, with the keyboard and organ flowing perfectly together. At the end the song surprises you when JC gives us a great rocking guitar solo. One of my favorites from this album. (10/10)

4. Best Thing. Ok, the lyrics aren't that progressive, but the music certainly is. Starting out with great acoustics before DeYoung brings in his keyboard. JC quickly delivers us a great heavy rocking guitar bridge. At the end the acoustic guitar just swirls down. Short, but this song has great solos and musicianship. (9/10)

5. Quick Is the Beat of My Heart. A surprisingly dark song for Styx, QITBOMH starts out with shaking guitar riffs and JY's bluesy voice. The drums and guitar compliment each other well and keep a steady beat. The mood darkens when DeYoung starts playing his organ and the lyrics get darker. Soon, JC gives one of the best guitar solos I've ever heard with DeYoung's keyboard complimenting it really well. The drums roll at the end is a great touch, and once JY yells 'DIE' it echoes before dark chanber music starts playing. One of Styx's darkest songs, and one of my favorites. (10/10)

6. After You Leave Me. AYLM begins with Deep Purple-like guitar and organ before guitar clicks enter. It has that classic heavy prog feel. Nothing much else to say, If you love early Deep Purple you'll like this song. (10/10)

Overall, Styx's debut is probably my favorite prog debut album, and already Styx has shown their strength. Even though my favorite Styx album will always be 'The Serpent is Rising', Styx's debut is essential to any prog collection.

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 The Grand Illusion by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.69 | 191 ratings

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The Grand Illusion
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Review by thwok

4 stars I am a proud member of the "Styx Doesn't Get Enough Credit" camp. While I wouldn't put them in my top 10 list, I do enjoy their music and believer they're progressive enough for this site. As many others have stated, The Grand Illusion is top-drawer Styx. By progressive standards, I'll give the album 3 1/2 stars and round it up to 4 for overall quality.

One of the outstanding traits of Styx is the way their music has changed over time. They branched out and improved as musicians and composers over the years. Although it might not be apparent over the course of one album, Styx definitely progressed! Of course, The Grand Illusion contains some of Styx's best known material. The best tracks are "The Grand Illusion", "Fooling Yourself", "Miss America", and "Castle Walls." I don't think Tommy Shaw has ever sung better than he did on the emotional "Fooling Yourself", and I really like the keyboards on this one.

James Young may not have the most melodic voice, but his forceful bass is perfect for the sarcastic "Miss America". Lastly, "Castle Walls" is the most progressive track on the album, as we normally think of "progressive". "Superstars" is my least favorite track, but it doesn't defeat the overall high quality of The Grand Illusion. There is no doubt about the band's skill as performers. They are more progressive than Journey or Boston (just shoot me now!) ever were, as the band biography explains well. Styx changed and grew, and The Grand Illusion is Styx at the top of their game.

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 Edge of the Century  by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1990
2.70 | 50 ratings

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Review by Rune2000
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1 stars After checking out some of the positive reviews for this album I just had to find out for myself whether Edge Of The Century was really that good of a Styx record!

It must have been tough to find a replacement for Tommy Shaw, the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter that brought Styx the mainstream attention back in the late '70s. Still, it must have been even tougher for Glen Burtnik to become that replacement once everything was settled! Burtnik has been an active performer ever since the late '70s and had a minor solo career going on by the time he's got the offer to join Styx. His role was to bring the band a new career boost which would actually prove to be quite difficult in the early '90s once grunge began to dominate the mainstream radio stations and thus leaving behind the classic rock bands of the '70s and '80s.

Burtnik did his best in order to make Styx sound fresh and exciting but I'm ultimately far from impressed by his performance. Most of his material sounds like he's really trying too hard to sound commercially viable and edgy in his performances but it all just sounds so uninspired that I would much rather just listen to a whole record filled with DeYoung's ballads than anything written and performed by Burtnik. This is pretty much why I can't enjoy Love Is The Ritual, the album's title track and glam metal inspired World Tonite.

What makes this album slightly more bearable are the tracks written by Dennis DeYoung. All of his material here consists of melodic ballads which, I guess, are meant to counter Burtnik's heavy rock sound. Still it would have been interesting to hear more of DeYoung's art rock style, which is unfortunately completely non-existent on Edge Of The Century. Yes, songs like Show Me The Way, Love At First Sight, Carrie Ann and my personal favorite Back To Chicago are all quite enjoyable but this feels like the type of material that DeYoung could pretty much write in his sleep by this point.

James Young almost seems completely missing on this record, which I find to be quite pleasant. Homewrecker is, as far as I can tell, his only vocal performance on the album plus he shares a co-writing credit for Love At First Sight. The final result of such mixed songwriting makes Edge Of The Century sound extremely uneven with '80s rock sound of Burtnik's work sounding extremely dated by todays standards. DeYoung's work manages to fare slightly better even though I would much rather listen to any of the great ballads from the past than any of this album's biggest highlights. The final verdict cannot be anything more than a poor one. This is the only album that I'd discourage even the biggest Styx fans from buying. Remember, you have been warned!

**** star songs: Show Me The Way (4:35) Love At First Sight (4:35) Carrie Ann (4:26) Back To Chicago (4:18)

*** star songs: All In A Day's Work (4:11)

** star songs: Love Is The Ritual (3:48) Edge Of The Century (4:20) Not Dead Yet (3:32) World Tonite (3:38) Homewrecker (5:12)

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 Kilroy was Here by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.08 | 104 ratings

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Kilroy was Here
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Review by Rune2000
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2 stars After two weaker Styx albums, in the shape of Cornerstone and Paradise Theater, it was obvious that the band was losing their momentum. Even though they still delivered hit songs, one somehow got the feeling that the chemistry between the members was lost and Kilroy Was Here is a perfect example of just that.

The album kicks off with a short introduction to the Don't Let It End melody before we dive into the album's biggest hit Mr. Roboto. Almost everyone should have heard this song at one point or another so there's really no point to go into details, let's just say that I happen to enjoy it a bit more than I probably should. I think that the main reason for this is Dennis DeYoung's passionate vocal delivery and that's also the case with Don't Let It End and the slightly less memorable High Time. It would have really been interesting to hear more songs from DeYoung featured on this album since his material is what carries this record, thus also explaining why only his material actually managed to make an impact on the charts.

Tommy Shaw does manage to score two nice ballads with Just Get Through This Night and Haven't We Been Here Before? while Cold War is probably one of my least favorite tracks of his. I have no idea how James Young managed to get two songs of his on this album because they are really not all that impressive. Double Life might be quite harmless and one can easily forget that it's even on this album but Heavy Metal Poisoning is where I draw the line! This is a completely disastrous track and one of the few instances that I always make sure to skip the song while listening to Kilroy Was Here.

Did I mention that this is a concept album with a short film and thematic music videos been produced to support the album? Well, I guess that it's for the better! This is as pretentious as Styx would ever get with their conceptual releases so my recommendation is to stick with the individual compositions for their songwriting and forget that there is any theme between them.

This album clearly shows the split within Styx and even though the final product is not the worst record they've released, it's only because this quintet were the professionals that they were. I can only recommend Kilroy Was Here to fans of Styx who have played all previous albums to death and feel that they need to hear a bit new material from the band.

**** star songs: Mr. Roboto (5:28) Don't Let It End (4:56) Just Get Through This Night (6:06) Haven't We Been Here Before? (4:06) Don't Let It End (Reprise) (2:22)

*** star songs: Cold War (4:27) High Time (4:33) Double Life (3:46)

* star songs: Heavy Metal Poisoning (4:57)

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 Paradise Theater  by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.89 | 133 ratings

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Review by Rune2000
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3 stars Paradise Theater might initially seem like a huge improvement over Cornerstone but it ultimately sums up to a lackluster and rather shallow attempt at regaining back the band's art rock audience.

The record is built up as a concept album about a fictional story of Chicago's Paradise Theater from its opening to prime to closing and ultimately demolition. This really does sound like an interesting idea that I doubt that many artists would be able to do justice to. Unfortunately, Styx aren't an exception to the rule and completely butcher any chances of success with this half-hearted attempt at a concept record. It's pretty obvious that both Tommy Shaw and James Young were completely disinterested with the whole idea since none of their songs actually fit into the Paradise Theater storyline. Young's co-writing credit for Half-Penny, Two-Penny does have some important plot-points buried in the song's middle section but you'll really have to listen in carefully in order to actually hear any of the dialog under the sounds of ringing bells and stomping bass!

After completely trashing the concept and two of the three songwriters works, let's talk about why I actually enjoy this record and consider giving it an average rating; Half of this album was written by Dennis DeYoung who, once again, manages to show that he can be an excellent songwriter whenever he actually puts his mind to it. Songs like Rockin' The Paradise, The Best Of Times, Nothing Ever Goes As Planned and Lonely People depict him on top of his game and it's quite unfortunate that he wasn't able to write this entire album on his own.

Styx manages to, once again, deliver a mixed bag of an album with Paradise Theater. This time the highs don't manage to outmatch the lows which ultimately results in this average rating. DeYoung manages to deliver some of his best work while Shaw and Young assume that it's business as usual and continue to deliver some of their more forgettable material from the early '80s era.

***** star songs: A.D. 1928 (1:07) Rockin' The Paradise (3:34) The Best Of Times (4:21)

**** star songs: Too Much Time On My Hands (4:33) Nothing Ever Goes As Planned (4:47) Lonely People (5:25) Half-Penny, Two-Penny (5:58) A.D. 1958 (1:06)

*** star songs: She Cares (4:21) Snowblind (4:59) State Street Sadie (0:26)

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