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1.0 out of 5 stars What's the point?, June 5, 2015
This review is from: Rockers (MP3 Music)
What's the point of this album? Is Crystal Ball or Man in the Wilderness really a rocker? Is Heavy Metal Poisoning really worthy to be a compilation album? This album is a poor attempt to re-write Styx's history to omit Dennis DeYoung's contributions! Very lame, Tommy and JY.

. And the Music Of STYX Live In Los Angeles [2 CD/DVD Combo]
. And the Music Of STYX Live In Los Angeles [2 CD/DVD Combo]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dennis returns us to Paradise!, December 27, 2014
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This live double CD-DVD is outstanding! Dennis still has his amazing voice and vocal range (all the songs are played in their original keys!) and he has assembled an awesome band to reproduce the Styx classics. Listening to the CD, I can't tell the difference between August Zadra (who sings and plays lead guitar on Tommy's songs) from Shaw himself. Jimmy Leahey, the 2nd lead guitarist and JY look-alike, shows his guitar prowess on songs like Rockin' the Paradise, Desert Moon, and Prelude 12 / Suite Madame Blue. The band jams out on several of the Styx classics like Rockin' the Paradise, Blue Collar Man, and Renegade, with DeYoung wailing on the Hammond organ on the latter two. After listening and watching this concert, it's clear that Dennis is now carrying on the Styx legacy and the band Styx is a poor cover-version of itself. (JY has lost his voice and Gowan, while a great keyboardist, doesn't have the pipes of Dennis!) If you are looking for a Styx concert that sounds like it's from 1981-82, put on this CD-DVD; you will tie back the hands of time.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Firing on all 4 cylinders!, November 9, 2014
This review is from: 4 (Audio CD)
Foreigner's 4 was a pivotal album for the group. It was their fourth album, released in June 1981, at a time when Foreinger's direction was uncertain. With 4, Mick Jones pared down the group to just 4 members, brought in a few outstanding guest musicians (Junior Walker on sax, Thomas Dolby & Bob Mayo on keyboards) and producer Mutt Lange. The result: an AOR (album-oriented rock) classic which produced 4 hits songs, sold 7 millions albums, and was a #1 album for 10 weeks! Mick Jones co-produced the album and wrote or co-wrote every song. His riff guitar playing is at its peak, shredding on songs like Night Life, Urgent, and, of course, Juke Box Hero. Lou Gramm's voice is also at its peak, whether soaring on Juke Box Hero or being more tender on songs like Waiting for a Girl Like You or Girl on the Moon. There is also great bass playing from Rick Wills on songs like Luanne and Waiting for a Girl Like You. It's easy to hear that things were firing on all 4 cylinders for members of Foreigner on this album. I love it years later.

The Very Best Of Winger
The Very Best Of Winger
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Evolution of Winger, August 24, 2014
This is a really good compilation that shows the evolution of Winger from the late 80s into the early 90s. There are great guitar riffs provided by Reb Beach and great vocals by Kip Winger. While there are a few cheesy songs like "Can't Get Enuff" and "Hungry" (which are really the same song), there are also underrated gems like "Under One Condition", "Down Incognito" and "Who's the One." The band's song writing got more sophisticated and it shows on this compilation with several quality tracks from 1993's Pull. Overall, a quality album by an underrated band.

Orion the Hunter
Orion the Hunter
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 80s music, April 18, 2014
This review is from: Orion the Hunter (Audio CD)
Many people have commented how this album sounds like BOSTON. It really doesn't, though it is good 80s rock. Fran Cosmo has amazing vocal range and sounds more like Steve Perry of Journey than Brad Delp of Boston. The song "So You Ran" is the one song that got airplay, which is unfortunate because almost every song is good. "All Those Years" and "Stand Up" really rock and both feature Brad Delp on backing vocals. Brad can also be heard on "Joanne," a song he co-wrote with Fran. "Dark and Stormy" is a power ballad that's as good as Journey's "Faithfully." Barry Goudreau's lead guitar work is excellent on this and really every song. The only song that seems a bit out of place is "Too Much in Love" which is something of a dance song. While that song is definitely 80s, it's not really AOR. However, this is a solid album that should have gotten more notice and airplay than it did. If you like 80s Journey or Jefferson Starship, you'll like Orion the Hunter.

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Life, Love & Hope
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3.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Corporate America!, December 15, 2013
This review is from: Life, Love & Hope (Audio CD)
All the people who hate and trash the new Boston album - Life, Love & Hope - clearly haven't been following Boston for the past 35 years, but instead know only the '70s Boston, Boston (1976) and Don't Look Back (1978).
If they'd followed Boston since, they have heard the slow evolution of Boston from Third Stage (1986) to Walk On (1994), to Corporate America (2002), which was the worst Boston album ever. (The songs on that album were choppy, with 3 different song writers, 4 different lead singers, and no human drummer!)

Life, Love & Hope is much more in line with Third Stage or Walk On, with the songs sounding as if they could have been on one of those two albums. "Someone" could easily be on side 2 on of the Third Stage album. It is pure Boston, with Brad Delp vocals, Tom's distinctive electric guitars, and clapping hands on the choruses. "You Gave Up on Love" could have come from the "Walk On" album. It has dual lead vocals by Kimberly Dahme and Tommy Carlo, Brad Delp's look-alike / replacement. It, too, has great vocals and guitars and is reminiscence of "I Need Your Love" from Walk On. Other stand-out tracks include the moody "If You Were in Love" (which is reminds me of "Livin' from You" from Walk On) and "Heaven on Earth" which features the vocals of David Victor from the tribute band BOSTYX.

There are some weak or flawed moments to this album, most noticeably the cheesy drum machine used on every single track. However, if you've been following Boston you'd know that Tom used a drum machine way back in 1986 on "Cool the Engines." He used it more on Walk On (really noticeable and distracting on the songs "What's Your Name" and "Magdalene"). Then on Corporate America, there was NO human drummer - just the drum machine. I think we need to accept the cheesy drum machine on Tom's studio albums at this point.

Another weak point is the first 30 seconds of the song "Sail Away" which has a combination of a bad rap by Kim Dahme, a cheesy helicopter sound, a bad drum machine, and an annoying synthesizer. Luckily, that abruptly ends, with a piano and Brad Delp's vintage vocals coming in at the 31 second mark. Tom should have left the first 30 seconds off and stuck with Brad's vocals. I also would have preferred one of his other four lead singers (Brad, Kim, Tommy, or David) sing the song "Love Got Away", which is sung instead by Scholz himself. It comes off a bit awkward, like listening to Eddie Van Halen sing lead on the Van Halen III album.

However, if you have been a fan of Boston for the past 35 years, you need to admit that this is a better album than Corporate America and even Walk On. This is an honest effort by Tom Scholz (who is now 66 years old!) and his Boston associates, people like Gary Pihl, Curly Smith, Kimberly Dahme, and Tommy Carlo. Whether people like it or not, that is the current incarnation of Boston, not Brad Delp, Barry Goudreau, and Sib Hashian.
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Paradise Theatre
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pinnacle for Styx, September 14, 2013
This review is from: Paradise Theatre (Audio CD)
Back in 1981, almost every song on this album got airplay, and deservedly so. This was Styx's hey-day and arguably their best album. A concept album which makes a statement about the decline of 70s America, this album has meaningful and well-produced songs like Too Much Time on My Hands, Snowblind, Lonely People, and Half Penny, Two Penny. The most noted song of the album is the hit The Best of Times, and the theme from that song can be heard in the first song A.D. 1928 (which leads into Rockin' the Paradise), and the last song, A.D. 1958 (which ends an instrumental jam in Half Penny, Two Penny). Even though the styles of the three Styx song writers are different, the album has a great flow and there's not a bad song on it. I wish Styx really could have "tied back the hands of time" and not done Kilroy Was Here!
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Brave New World
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2.0 out of 5 stars Something of a Disappointment!, July 3, 2013
This review is from: Brave New World (Audio CD)
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. There's Tommy's stuff, some Shaw-Blades stuff, Dennis's adult contemporary stuff, and JY's "madman guitarist" crap.

The best parts of Brave New World are the Shaw-Blades songs which sound like something that Shaw would have included on his solo album 7 Deadly Zens. Specifically "I Will Be Your Witness" and "Best New Face" are good songs, though neither sounds very Styx-like. The most Styx-sounding songs are "Everything Is Cool" and the Brave New World Reprise, in which you can hear all three vocalists doing their distinctive Styx harmonies. However, there are some really painful and poor tracks on Brave New World like "What Have They Done to You" and "Heavy Water." These songs show how poor rock can sound when it is executed poorly. The songs are not exciting and don't live up to the expectations of a Styx song. The lyrics on "Heavy Water" are laughable and could easily be a Spinal Tap song.

There are a couple nice DeYoung ballads / pop tunes like "While There's Still Time" and "Fallen Angel" but there's nothing by DeYoung that really rocks. I don't know what the band was thinking with this one -- other than the three primary singer-songwriters were each doing their own thing. Again, the best song is the last one -- Brave New World Reprise. That is the only pure Styx song on this whole album!

No End In Sight: The Very Best Of Foreigner
No End In Sight: The Very Best Of Foreigner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another compliation, but a good one., October 21, 2012
No End in Sight, a 2009 release by Foreigner, is at least their 5th compliation / anthology. Yet it does contain new material and has plenty of quality music. The first disc covers their hey-day from 1977's Foreigner to 1981's 4. Almost all of these songs were on Foreigner's first compliation, Records. However, it is nice to get some extra tracks from 4 like Break It Up and Night Life. The second disc goes from Agent Provocateur in 1984 to some new tracks from 2008. This disc is more interesting, as it not only has hits from '84 - '87, it also has more obscure tracks from Unusual Heat, some great lives tracks, and a new song that is pure Foreigner, Too Late. Kelly Hansen, Foreigner's new lead singer, really has the pipes and picks up where Lou Gramm left off. The musicians of the reborn Foreigner are top notch, with personnel like Kelly Hansen, former Dokken and Dio bassist Jeff Pilson, former Billy Joel keyboardist Jeff Jacobs, and drummer Jason Bonham (son of John Bonham). With this line up, there really is "no end in sight" for Foreigner.

One Hundred Years from Now
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dennis Solo is Pure Styx!, September 26, 2012
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One Hundred Years from Now, Dennis DeYoung's most recent solo album, is more Styx-sounding than any other solo album he's made! This album sounds like it could be the follow up to Paradise Theater and is that good.

The first song is a powerful and majestic title track. It starts off quiet with an accordion playing and then quickly announces with authority that Dennis is back. "This Time Next Year" is another great track and a song written by Dennis as self-encouragement. ("This time next year you could be high and flying...") My absolute favorite is "Crossing the Rubicon" which reminds me of "Castle Walls." The lyrics, though, are much better and much more personal. "I Believe in You" is another strong track, ending with a Billy Joel-type piano solo.

If you are a Styx fan, get this album. You won't be disappointed!

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