Brave New World
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This is definitely a CD that grows on you. This is a result of expecting to hear "OLD" Styx right where they left off. This isn't realistic for a band that is trying to play music for the children of their biggest fans. After listening to the Album several times I found a nice blend of vintage Styx combined with new sound and technology.
I was a little disappointed that Dennis didn't have any heavier sounding songs i.e. (Queen of Spades) but this has been his trend. Tommy and J.Y. have produced some great rockers.
I figured the best way to give this album a fair rating was to play it for other people who weren't Styx fans. Most of them were the same as me. They liked it better the more they heard it.
It's sad that this album receives virtually no air time on the radio. I'm confident that songs such as Everything's Cool and Brave New World would be enjoyed by listeners and requested if given a chance. It seems most radio stations are too busy playing their same songs every 2 and 1/2 hours that the record companies are promoting them to.
I saw the band in Detroit and they still know how to rock even without Dennis. He is still missed though and I hope to see his return. After all, what's Styx without Dennis Deyoung? I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of people at the concert that indicated they were seeing the band for the first time. There was a wide range of ages that included a lot more young ones than I expected.Read more ›
A lot of people have said there is no way this disc can stand up to the classic Styx records. I disagree. I have absolutely no difficulty listening to this record ride beside "Pieces Of Eight" of "The Grand Illusion."
Sounds good??? Not totally. I agree with other reviewers on what is a major determinant holding this back from being a 5 star review. I bought this album the day it was released because I've been waiting for 15 odd years for Dennis and Tommy to get back into the studio again and actually "work" together. If this has happened, it doesn't come through here. It actually sounds like 2 different records at times because of production techniques and other studio nuances. I've never experienced anything like it when listening to an album. The guys either had other commitments, were ill (Dennis), or simply thought they could record 1/2 the album on one side of the country, and the rest somewhere else. In interviews, I've heard Styx members say the whole was better than the sum of the individual parts. Unfortunately, they didn't listen to themselves.
I don't believe you have to be a hard core Styx fan to enjoy this album. If you like music from the era Styx came from, this is an excellent choice. This doesn't mean this is a dinosaur recording at all. There is an updated sound, which shows the guys are still musically growing -let's just keep our fingers crossed that they decide to sit in the same state when they go to record again. Overall, get the record...it is still very much worth it to hear one of the best American bands on the same CD again.
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I have been a Styx fan since 1975, and this did not disappoint me.Not the best they ever did, but I still love their sound.Published 2 months ago by Joseph D. Martin
we have not forgotten , on this night , this very christmas nightPublished 16 months ago by robert wisowaty
Awesome CD! This is an awesome classic Styx CD! Every song is good. I'm very happy that I purchased this!Published on February 7, 2014 by Dakota Badger
Brave New World is the most uneven and imbalanced album that Styx has done. It doesn't sound like a single project but, rather three or four separate projects. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Pete
Sadly, I am not sure who is to blame for the album being a "missed opportunity."
I know the story (both what was told to the public and the private versions) but that is... Read more
I needed to buy this CD because I am reading a Styx biography that I purchased through Amazon (thank you, Amazon!!) and I wanted to listen to the music as I read about each album. Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Paul
in my opinion styx is the greatest band ever. the music is just timeless . if you are a styx fan you know this. if your not listen to them you soon will be.Published on March 15, 2013 by Ellis
This is a really great CD full of a variety of styles/tunes. I'm really sorry that I never gave it a chance back when it came out. Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by NEOPROG RAN