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KANSAS

Kansas

 

Symphonic Prog

3.99 | 591 ratings

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snobb
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4 stars Kansas' debut album is very strong ( for debut). And it's even stronger, when we are looking on it from historical point of vieiw: they were very pioneers in American prog of that time.

The sound is a bit unusual, I can name it as "plain". It's not a question of sound engineering of time, but more unusual arrangement ( in comparence with european bands). More rhythmic, than later jobs, it has visiable proto-AOR, hard-rock, even country elements. But at the same time it is concentrated prog-rock, with heavy keyboards ( sometimes remind Uriah Heep) and original use ov violin ( I think somewhere very deep it's coming from bluegrass and country, not philarmonig string section).

Bigger part of album are original and bright compositions with very competent musicanship. This album is attractive prog work without any historical contest as well. Still not at the level of "Leftoverture"and "Point Of Know Return " , it's really stronger than all after '77 albums. And as for debut is very high mark, believe me!

snobb | 4/5 |

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