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4 stars Most fresh Kansas album is their return to form. I think Kansas was most important US prog band in late 70-th, and their best albums are gold classic. But starting from the "Monolith" album they changed direction, than changed line-up. The music from classy prog rock turned to pop-rock, AOR or whatever you want. Plus some freaky religious lyrics...

I still tryed to believe in them buying one Lp after another. But after their "Power"album I put a big cross in band's name.

After years to come one day I found their live album with orchestra ( "Always Never The Same") and my interest to their music was refreshed.

But "Somewhere To Elsewhere " is first their modern time album which is good enough! Ok, the old band's line-up returned back, so there are classic Kansas again. Starting from very first song, you hear usual classic Kansas sound from late 70-th. Voice is as good as 20+ yrs ago, the same arrangements. Music is generally same sympho prog but without keyboards domination, but in many places you can hear some additional styles used ( often blues-rock or some AOR elements). But all in all album is classic sympho-rock played by classics of this style.

To be honest, the album couldn't be placed at the same highest level of their best albums in the past. You can't return time back again: the music in fact is good example of their old school, not much. So, for real masterpieces go to "Leftoverture"or "Point of Know Return", but for many Kansas fans this new album is pleasant confirmation, that their legendary band still can play really good music.

snobb | 4/5 |


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