Sound — 7
This album is really neat, it definitely caught my attention, becuase it is a little different then the stuff Kansas started throwing out when they became more popular. This band really brings out the violin and this creates a very unique sound when paired with the electric guitar and the keys. The tracks on this album are filled with various insrumental breakdowns and the album itself is very progressive, which is something i found to be a nice surprise. Seeing this come from kansas was pretty cool and unexpected. A very interesting sound comes out of this album, which sometimes gets repetitive but for the most part it turned out all right. This album is different from kansas's later works, its cool to see this come from them. As expected when dealing with most progressive music you will find long stretched out tracks with complex compistion and frequent changes in song structure and time signature, so this album is no exception there. All in all the sound of this album was interesting, nothing outstanding, but definitely something to pay attention to. Best song soundwise, Belexes.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics on this album are very iconic of Kansas and what Kansas stands for, since this is kansas's first album they had to establish themselves the way that they want to be viewed by their audience, best way to do that is through lyrics. Mainly talking about things like freedom, destiny, nature, and humanity, exception being "Bringing it Back", which is a cover-the original artist is J.J. Cale. Steve Walsh's voice is solid on this album, very prominent and confident and it fits very well with the music. The lyrics are good, definitely better alot of the mainstream crap going around now a days. Solid album in terms of lyrics, best song in terms of lyrics is Apercu.
Overall Impression — 7
For me this was a neat find, it caught me off gaurd, but in a good way. Kansas brings an interesting and very unique album into the world with this set. It isn't too amazing or great either, but it I different, just the fact that Kansas is the artist behind this proressive classic rock album makes it a little better than if some random band had put out an album like this. The music is really creative here, Kansas goes all over the place with this one. I enjoyed the album to a certain point, though it isn't the greatest.