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Brave New World

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While not exactly a return to form, the first studio record since 1983 by the classic Styx trio of Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw, and James Young will undoubtedly please hard-core fans. There's nothing here on the level of "Come Sail Away," "Miss America," or "Lady," but that trademark combination of thrilling, arty hard-rock sounds and gently swooping, full-blown ballads continues. Dennis DeYoung's crazily high-pitched voice still hovers admirably in the castrato range for the most part, though time has introduced a few rough edges. In grand art-rock tradition, the record's supposedly got something to do with futurist British scribe Aldous Huxley (one of classic rockers' favorites), but if anything will bother the listener, that's not it. Songs such as "Number One" reveal an attempt by the band to update their sound with newer variations on hard rock; the result is less than satisfying. When they stick to the old formula, as with "I Will Be Your Witness" and "While There's Still Time," it's like grunge never happened, which is what this nearly-30-year-old act are supposed to sound like. --Mike McGonigal

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Will Be Your Witness
  2. Brave New World
  3. While There's Still Time
  4. Number One
  5. Best New Face
  6. What Have They Done To You
  7. Fallen Angel
  8. Everything Is Cool
  9. Great Expectations
  10. Heavy Water
  11. High Crimes & Misdemeanors (Hip Hop-Cracy)
  12. Just Fell In
  13. Goodbye Roseland
  14. Brave New World (Reprise)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00000JG4W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've waited 16 years for a new studio album from Styx that included Tommy. I must admit I was a little disappointed the first time I listened to the CD. The 2nd time I liked it 3x as much and it just kept getting better.
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.
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I was a bit surprised to see a lot of the mediocre to downright awful reviews of this album. I've had "Brave New World" since it first came out, and I still listen to it often. It's just a great Styx album, although a little bittersweet being DDY's last gig with the band. Whether you'll like this album comes down to what type of Styx fan you are. If you're a big Dennis fan, you may be a bit disappointed. His participation seems limited to the ballads (personal fave: "Fallen Angel"), by his own doing or not, I don't know. I think the people who will enjoy this album are the ones who swing more towards the Tommy Shaw/JY side of things. There's lots of guitar driven songs ("Heavy Water," "Everything Is Cool"), lots of Tommy singing, and a couple of songs co-written by Jack Blades (which is great IMO). I think the whole thing comes together beautifully.
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."
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Hats off to Tommy Shaw for putting the edge back into Styx's music which is clearly their best effort since Paradise Theatre. This album has some excellent moments including, I Will Be Your Witness, BNW, Fallen Angel, Number One, Everything is Cool, and Goodbye to Roseland. Best New Face is also a great track, and is different for this Styx lineup - sounds very poppy - cool tune.
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 bought this CD back in October and listened to it on a 5 hour drive to a friend's house. Halfway home, I found that I left it there. It took my friend 2 attempts to mail it to me and now 2 months later I have the CD back. My first thought to the music on the CD was that it was okay, but not GREAT! I felt there was a lot of Tommy Shaw and JY doing the songs together and not enough of all 3 (Shaw, DeYoung, and Young) together. I found out that Shaw and Young were mixing it at one studio and DeYoung was mixing at another. After getting the CD back, it was like listening to it for the first time again, But only Better! The more I listen to it, the more I enjoy the entire CD...not just 1 or 2 songs, but the whole thing! It reminds me a lot of Paradise Theatre, with it's theme running through the entire album. I have been a STYX fan since Grand Illusion came out and I had always wished they would get back together. I am really glad they did! Their mixing of the old sound with the new sound is great. Their musical talent has matured with age and experience. This is definitely an excellent CD and a must for everyone who is a STYX fan!
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