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Point of Know Return

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  • Audio CD (February 12, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I will gladly join all the other fans in lauding this landmark piece because there are too few fan reviews here and because Kansas tends to get short shrift from critics. Here is the scoop on critics. Critics are extremely interested in who did what FIRST! They love to hail the trailblazer. Which is fine for them, but I am interested in listening to the best music around, and I don't particularly care when it came out. Kansas may have not been the first band to combine elements of classical music with rock, but this album, and the one preceding it, LEFTOVERTURE, firmly prove to every and all comers that they were the best. These two albums are possibly the finest "art" rock ever composed. You don't believe me? Buy it. If you have never heard this album before you will be amazed. Of course you have heard "Dust in the Wind." Everyone has. I've even heard it played as Elevator Muzak at Kmart. But the rest of the album is a truly wild ride. This is not America. Kerry Livgren's lyrics are masterful. Beyond the music, just as poetry, this album, as well as Leftoverture, led many to regard him as some kind of sage, a seer, or a prophet. "Let the sound surround you." Sing with Steve Walsh the great eulogy of Albert Einstein "He knew," wail with Robby about the coming of Big Brother over an Isaac Hayesish riff in "Sparks of the Tempest". Cry over our sad destiny in the haunting ballad "Nobody's Home." Here is more than music - here is the soul of humanity wrapped in rock and roll. Fury, panic, grief, despair, and just a glimmer of hope. This album, or whatever you call it now, touched thousands for sure, possibly millions of a generation of seekers. It may do the same to you.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on June 18, 2002
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As a 16 year old back in 1989, I was getting in to prog rock, while others my age were either listening to Bon Jovi and Poison, or worse, New Kids on the Block. As I was getting in to Yes and ELP, I dismissed Kansas as yet another AOR band, like Boston, Journey, Styx, Foreigner, etc. Boy was I wrong. Kansas was a prog rock band that came from a very conservative area of the country (the state, which bears the band's name). Since there were no "hip" clubs for the band to play in their neck of the woods at that time, they had to perform in bars, so the bar-band influence of their music is strongly felt, while adding the Yes and ELP-style prog rock. I wouldn't call Point of Know Return their best album (that probably goes to Song For America), it was without a doubt their best-selling album. The title track and "Dust in the Wind" receiving constant radio airplay, and those two songs, of course, are regarded not only as classics, but FM radio standards. Although "Dust in the Wind" often gets on people's list of "Worst Songs of the Seventies" (along with "Seasons in the Sun", "Billy, Don't Be a Hero", and Blue Swede's version of "Hooked on a Feeling"), it really isn't all that bad. The band was able to manage some great prog rock, albeit, with a uniquely American flavor. Violinst Robbie Steinhart might be classically trained, but you can tell he was also influenced by Southern-style fiddling. Steve Walsh's vocals are uniquely American, and the Yes comparison often comes from the vocal harmonies. Kerry Livgren's keyboarding inspiration comes from some of the big prog names like Emerson and Wakeman. Aside from the obvious hits, let's bring up a few of the other songs on this album.Read more ›
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Snow Leopard on November 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This, the most successful of Kansas' releases (yes, the one with "Dust in the Wind"), marked the beginning of the end of the band for me. One notes from the number of songs, relative to earlier albums, that shorter forms are becoming prevalent, and shorter forms from a prog rock band in the mid-70s meant, in practice, a swerve toward pop. Not even Yes was immune to this tendency.
As "pop" goes, this is surely some of my favorite, but I didn't get into Kansas (I realized later) for the pop. "Point of Know Return" introduced me (like many others) to the band, but as I worked backward into their earlier music, I found that it was on "Masque", "Song for America" and "Leftoverture" that their music most spoke to me.
"Point of Know Return" (despite the kitsch of the title) is the kind of pop one could live with on the radio. "Paradox", as the sibling of "Point of Know Return", shows truly what a happy marriage of prog and pop Kansas could concoct. As a keyboardist myself, Walsh's "Spider" is a marvelously intricate thing, though much too short. "Portrait" (an homage to Einstein that I formerly mistook as an homage to Jesus) falls a bit flat on the album, but makes up for it 200-fold on "Two for the Show," where it is simply stunning. Side One (I date myself) ends with "Closet Chronicles", another of the compositional high points of Kerry Livgren's (and Walsh's) career. (It wasn't until years later that I found out this song is an homage to Howard Hughes.)
Side Two opens with "Dust in the Wind"--originally a finger exercise piece that Kerry Livgren added lyrics too.
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