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BEFORE BECAME AFTER

Proto-Kaw

 

Symphonic Prog

3.89 | 140 ratings

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epignosis11
3 stars Despite the "pre-Kansas" tag, Proto-Kaw is a much closer relative to Kerry Livgren's AD than Kansas. Christian rock that actually has some musical integrity is a rare thing indeed. If that is what you are looking for then this could be the proverbial "pearl of great price". But, for me, the evangelical tone wore thin rather quickly.

With the exception of "Leaven" the best tunes are those that bear the least resemblance to Kansas or AD. The flute and sax work featured throughout "Before" is a nice new touch. It's good to hear Livgren taking some chances however brief such moments may be. The first two songs are mediocre. "Leaven" is ok despite the Darth Vader-esque spoken word intended to mask the uneventful passages in the composition. The vaguely jazzy sound of "Quantum Leapfrog" adds some flavor to the mix. "Gloriana" features some of the best examples of the aforementioned flute and sax. "Theophany is also fairly good.

Like all of Livgren's post Kansas non-instrumental projects the lead vocalist seems to have been chosen for his ability to ape Steve Walsh. But nobody can sing with the same passion and clarity. Maybe next time Livgren will choose a vocalist based on his or her own merits. Overall "Before Came After" is a fair nod to the past with a few flourishes of originality. It's good for an occasional listen.

epignosis11 | 3/5 |

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