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3.50 | 272 ratings

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3 stars For this album, I will begin with the standout tracks and work my way down

The opener "Icarus 2" is definitely a Kansas classic, starting softly and building up to some raunchy metal chords (pretty heavy for Kansas!) What makes the song great are the lyrics, viloin, and a great emotional vocal performance by Walsh. The other song is the dreamy "Distant Vision" which is an example of Kerry Livgren at his songwriting best

"Myriad" comes close to being a classic, with some great guitar playing by Livgren, and Byzantium transports one back in time with itīs ancient chants and mysterious spiritual feel.

"The Coming Dawn" is a beautiful slow song with some great soulful singing by Walsh

Robbie Steinhardt sings on two tracks, the first being "Grand Fun Alley" which has quite a funky, bluesy feel to it, it actually works quite well. The second is a slow laid back bluesy number "Disappearing skin tight blues" which makes for easy listening.

Now for the not so good, to downright bad.

The song "When the world was young" isnīt that great, firstly, because it isnīt such a strong composition, and secondly, Wash seems to strain a bit with the vocals.

"Not Man Big" seems quite strange as the closer for the album, the riff sounding something like Deep Purple would have come up with in the seventies.

"Look at the time" is probably the worst song on the album, it just sounds completely uninspired and boring.

This is a good album, but not essential

WaywardSon | 3/5 |


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